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Inconclusive Elections Caused By Violence – INEC Boss

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Posted: Jul 14, 2016 at 6:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
 Tony  Ezimakor
ABUJA Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  has reiterated that increasing cases of inconclusive elections across the country signpost an ugly culture of violence now  taking root in the nation’s electoral system.
Yakubu therefore mandated INEC’s Voter Education and Publicity Officers to put the blame where it should be by promptly correcting misconceptions and misrepresentations of the commission in the eye of the public.
The INEC Chairman spoke while addressing a zonal workshop on “Communication Strategy and Review of Voter Education Strategies” at the De Renaissance Hotel, Wednesday in Lagos.
The INEC Chairman who was represented by Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, the Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), regretted that the commission was fast assuming the unsavory appellation of Inconclusive Commission because the Voter Education and Publicity Officers were not effectively explaining to the Commission’s stakeholders that inconclusive elections were caused by violence.
“We’re not telling our story and alerting the stakeholders that violence is creeping back and it is affecting the quality of our elections. Instead, INEC is being presented as inept,” he stated.
The INEC Chairman insisted that the Voter Education and Publicity Officers must work in unison and be on the same page.
He asked the participants to bring to the fore their peculiar challenges and experiences as a strategy, which worked in Lagos State, could be defective in Rivers State.
The INEC Chairman thanked the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for organising the workshop.
He described IFES as the commission’s greatest and most steadfast partner.
He pleaded with IFES to cascade its capacity building to the grassroots and to make their workshops hands-on so that participants could derive maximum benefit