The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has reiterated, that the commission remains committed to delivering credible elections in spite of current challenges.
For the voters in Abeokuta south, Ogun State, where its one of its field offices wss torched, he assured that no one will be disenfranchised, inspite of obvious attempt by hoodlums to sabotage or weaken our resolve by frequent destruction of electoral materials in field offices nation wide.
Professor Yakubu’s assurances is contained is his speech delivered during an emergency meeting with the Inter-agency consultative Commttee on Election Security (ICCES) held at Abuja yesterday and circulated in Delta INEC Press Corps platform.
The Commission is, however, worried that if no urgent and decisive steps are taken, the attacks may intensify as election date approaches, “as we all know, a peaceful campaign heralds a peaceful election, we need to take decisive steps to stem the ugly trend”
According to the INEC chairman’s speech, Nigerians expect a decisive action from ICCES to respond with the urgency required to secure INEC offices nation wide and restore voters confidence in the forth coming election.
“It is important that we move swiftly to apprehend perpetrators, prosecute them as required by law and reinforce security around election officials and electoral infrastructure around the country, he explained.
The INEC Chairman in his speech, also called on the political class to rise up to the occasion, as has been stated, on several occasions, that "election is a multi-stakeholder activity involving not just INEC and the security agencies, the political class plays perhaps, the most critical role in ensuring peaceful elections".