– Professor Mahmood Yakubu of INEC hints that the commission may be forced to shift the dates for the 2019 general elections
– Yakubu laments the alleged threats to violence by politicians ahead of the exercise as he cites a part of the electoral act that empowers it
– He also says INEC will partner with security agencies to ensure the exercise is successful across the country
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has reportedly hinted that the organization is probably forced to suspend the 2019 general election following threats to violence with the aid of a few politicians within the country..
Leadership reports that Yakubu, a professor, said this in reaction to a few traumatic films of political campaigns within the social media wherein a few politicians are visible threatening to shed blood.
Yakubu who reportedly spoke whilst he acquired briefing from the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Osun nation on the progress and the preparedness of the forthcoming governorship election, mentioned that recent tendencies and signs inside the state’s political landscape requires extra vigilance.
He requested politicians to behave themselves in a non violent manner. The INEC chairman similarly located that election can handiest keep when there may be a secured surroundings.
“In fact, the electoral act, section 26, empowers the commission to droop election because of violence or threat of violence.
“So, we will continue to partner and continue to work with the security agencies as we approach the 2019 general election.
“Our meetings are going to become more frequent and regular,” he said while explaining that the synergy between the electoral body and security agencies is crucial for the 2019 polls in order to secure the environment for the conduct of the elections. “Elections cannot be conducted in an atmosphere of rancor. So, we share this great responsibility with the security agencies.
Good election is good for this country. Bad election is a recipe for disaster; we don’t pray for it. “So, let us continue to work together to anticipate the challenges and address the challenges because we have the capacity to do so. “The nation expects we should do so and once we do so, there will be fewer problems during elections.
“We see statements by some of the political actors captured and circulated nationwide via social media platforms. It is something that the security agencies need to put an eye on because if we allow this to pester, it will encourage those who may wish to do some destructive actions or feel encouraged to do so.
“But if we take immediate action, I think we may be able to stop them and further secure the environment for us to conduct free, fair and credible elections,” he added.
NIGERIADAILYTIMES.com earlier reported that PDP as accused INEC of backing APC is most elections.