The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been given the responsibility of ensuring that the governorship elections that will take place on November 11 in the states of Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi are free, fair, and credible.
They stated this during a meeting about the upcoming election that was held in Abuja and was attended by stakeholders and was organized by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room.
throughout his remarks at the occasion, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Matters, Senator Sharafadeen Alli, asked the various security agencies to conduct a review of their operating systems in order to guarantee that their personnel will continue to perform their responsibilities in an impartial manner throughout the election.
“The only thing that will guarantee an improvement in the voting system is dedication, and that comes not just from the security authorities but also from the citizens.
He stated that “The National Assembly has commenced its oversight with the engagement of INEC in connection with the preparedness towards the off-cycle elections in the respective states.” “The National Assembly has commenced its oversight with the engagement of INEC in connection with the preparedness towards the off-cycle elections in the respective states,”
Alli cautioned individuals who were eligible to vote not to allow themselves to be manipulated by desperate politicians for electoral manipulations because these manipulations had the potential to disrupt the entire voting process.
He stated that the conduct of the people was crucial, noting that the voice of citizens had become louder when it involved election affairs. He also added that the voice of citizens had become louder overall.
“With regard to the electorate, they should be willing to carry out their civic responsibilities without subjecting themselves to manipulations that have the potential to impede the voting process. Because of these pledges, we will undoubtedly be able to advance the system.
“It is the responsibility of the National Assembly to improve upon the electoral legal framework, and it is the responsibility of INEC to improve upon its operational mechanism and electoral administration processes for future elections. ” “It is the responsibility of the National Assembly to improve upon the electoral legal framework.
It is true that the judiciary has continued to play a significant role in our election process, particularly in the way that enclosures have been drawn around the process. This has to change if any of us are going to fulfill our responsibilities as citizens,” he remarked.
Alli urged the parties involved to make the most of the meeting in order to benefit from the critical topics that were being discussed and the proposals that were being made to address the problems that could weaken the off cycle election.
He issued a call to action to politicians, urging them to act with honesty, humility, and decency not only before, but also during, and after, elections.
Yunusa Ya’u, the Convener of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, stated that it was crucial to maintain credibility in the conduct of the off-circle election because it would help in molding the trajectory of electoral democracy in Nigeria. This statement was made in response to a question regarding the importance of credibility in the conduct of the election.
Ya’u voiced concern about the declining voter turnout and the need to rebuild confidence among Nigerians in the political process. She also mentioned the necessity of restoring faith in the electoral process.
According to him, holding elections that are free, fair, and credible is absolutely necessary in order to guarantee that the people of Nigeria will be happy with the results of the election.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state of Bayelsa for INEC, Mr. Obo Effanga, stated that the police had told them that they would deploy 27,000 men to assist with the election security.
According to Effanga, citizens of Bayelsa had collected 1,017, 613 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) out of the 1,056,862 that had been printed for newly registered voters in the state’s 105 wards.
In order to prevent unprofessional behavior during the election, he stated that the commission had educated a total of 223 Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs), all of whom were employees of INEC. (NAN)
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