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INEC: No More Re-runs Until Security Improves

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Posted: Apr 30, 2016 at 9:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended further action on the conduct of re-run elections for some legislative seats till there is guarantee for peace.

The commission stated the position in Abuja on Saturday in two separate statements.

The commission said it had suspended the election in Minjibir State Constituency of Kano State till further notice.

The decision is contained in a statement issued by Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, the INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, in Abuja.

It said the decision followed the spate of violence, threats and general insecurity, including assault and intimidation of its staff and voters as well as snatching of Card Readers and other election materials.

It stated that the situation compelled it to suspend the election in the state “forthwith and withdraw all its personnel from the field.”

The statement said INEC took the decision pursuant to its powers under Section 26 of the Electoral Amendment Act, 2015, and after consultation with the security agencies.

“Consequently, voters are advised to return to their abodes and continue their lawful activities while security agencies have promptly reacted to safeguard citizens and forestall a complete breakdown of law and order in the area.

“A new date for the election will be announced in due course when the Commission is satisfied that it is safe for it to return to the constituency and when conditions are conducive for the conduct of the election,” INEC said.

In another statement, INEC said it would only proceed with the conclusion of outstanding re-run elections in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa states on the assurance of violence-free atmosphere in the states.

A statement signed by Mrs Agusta Ogakwu, the Secretary to INEC, said the commission needed a “firm and unequivocal” commitment to violence-free polls by political parties and relevant stakeholders.