In anticipation of the upcoming gubernatorial elections scheduled for November 11 in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has conveyed its serious apprehension regarding the escalating insecurity in these states.
As a result, the commission has once more urged political parties and their candidates to refrain from engaging in activities and making statements that could exacerbate the political climate.
“The commission is concerned about the spate of insecurity and violence, including clashes among supporters of Political Parties and candidates in the forthcoming elections.
“In our engagement with political parties, the commission has constantly called on parties to rein in their supporters from actions capable of jeopardizing the peaceful conduct of elections in Nigeria. ”INEC earnestly appeal to all political parties and candidates to avoid utterances and acts that may heat up the polity.
”The commission will continue to closely monitor the situation and sustain its engagement with security agencies and stakeholders to ensure a peaceful conduct of elections in the three states,” INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, said in a statement yesterday.
He also emphasized that the commission had informed all political parties about the activation of its online portal for the submission of lists of polling units and collation center agents, which began on Thursday, August 24, 2023.
He mentioned that the commission subsequently held discussions with party representatives to ensure a smooth procedure. Olumekun expressed his disappointment, stating that despite this initial notification and subsequent reminders, political parties had not adequately adhered to the requirement of submitting their agent lists.
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