The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concerns about the growing level of violence and insecurity, adding that it can scare off potential voters. This was made known by Mohammed Kudu Haruna, INEC National Commissioner and member Information and Voter Education Committee during a one-day workshop organized by the Commission for media executives in Owerri, Imo State.
Haruna said, “We have gone so far with our preparedness for the off-cycle elections in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa states. The Commission is truly worried about the growing level of insecurity and violence in Kogi and Imo States. This is unacceptable, unnecessary and most worrisome.
“Campaigns in Kogi State has been violent and this is most unfortunate. Our political gladiators and indeed, all citizens, must work towards ensuring free, fair and credible elections.
“It stands to reason that if this situation is allowed to continue, there is the likelihood that people will be afraid to come out to vote, on the election day.
“Already, INEC is having a shortfall in the number of ad-hoc staff needed to superintend over the forthcoming elections.”
According to him, all non-sensitive materials have been delivered to the 3 states, while “the production of sensitive materials has been completed and ready for delivery to the 3 states.”