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INEC Blames Inconclusive Elections On Politically Motivated Violence

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Posted: Aug 18, 2016 at 6:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo

Benin – Sam Olumekun, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in charge of  Edo State, has given reason why some of the elections they conducted, particularly of recent in the country, were inconclusive, attributing them to violence.

He, however, pledged the readiness of the commission to conduct a credible, free and fair election that will be adjudged as the most transparent in Edo State.

Olumekun spoke at a seminar organised by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in collaboration with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), with the theme, ‘The Benefits of Violence- Free Election in Edo State’.

Election in Nigeria, according to Olumekun, should not be a do or die affair, identifying some of the factors responsible for inconclusive elections in the country to include violence on the part of youths, politicians and the electorate.

While noting that the inconclusive election was drawing the commission backward in its quest to attain global standard in the electoral process, Olumekun stated that the INEC was determined to reverse any negative tendencies tilting towards inconclusive elections in the Edo State gubernatorial election for September 10.

“We have been preparing very hard for the conduct of the governorship election come September 10. Security is key to the conduct of any election, and as you know INEC does not control security, so we will need your support as stakeholders in the electoral process”, Olumekun stated.

He, however, appealed to the electorate and particularly youths belonging to various political parties to eschew violence and give peace a chance for a violence free election in the state, adding that INEC is prepared to carry out its duties for a free, credible and transparent governorship election in Edo State.

Olumekun, who disclosed that the key factor responsible for inconclusive election is violence, warned all and sundry who are fanning the embers of discord before, during and after the election to have a “rethink and let peace reign”.

In his remark, the Edo State commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Walter Akubuiroh, noted that all hands must be on deck to forestall violence before, during and after the election.”

He said it is a sad reality that violence has claimed so many innocent lives in Nigeria and destroyed property worth billions of naira.

“We must therefore intensify efforts to ensure that all vestiges of violence in Edo State come 10th September, 2016 are eliminated”, Akubuiroh further said.

In his paper, titled ‘Causes of Election Violence’, the Executive Secretary, Institute for Benin Studies, Mr. Aiko Obobaifo, noted that verbal violence usually leads the way where inflammatory statements and claims are made of both truth and conjectures solely to poison the minds of their adherents who in turn may not have the patience to verify claims before launching attack on their perceived enemies.