The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern about the country’s deteriorating security situation and how it may affect the general elections in 2023.
Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, stated that the next election stands a severe threat of cancellation should the insecurity across the country fail to improve while speaking at the validation of election security training resources held on Monday in Abuja.
Yakubu explained that “if the insecurity is not monitored and dealt with decisively, it could ultimately culminate in the cancellation and/or postponement of elections in sufficient constituencies to hinder declaration of election results and precipitate constitutional crisis.” Abdullahi Zuru, Chairman of the Board of Electoral Institute, was acting on Yakubu’s behalf.
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However, the commission reaffirmed that it would not take any chances in ensuring that strong and comprehensive security is offered for poll workers, materials, and procedures.
Mahmood said, “We all appreciate the fact that election security is vital to democratic consolidation through provision of enabling environment for the conduct of free, fair, credible and inclusive elections and thus strengthening the electoral process.
“Consequently, in preparations for the 2023 general elections, the commission is not leaving anything to chance in ensuring that intensive and extensive security are provided for election personnel, materials and processes.
“This is particularly significant to the commission given the current insecurity challenges in various parts the country and the fact that the National Youth Service Corps members constitute the core of the polling unit election officials.
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“This must not be allowed to happen and shall not be allowed to happen.
“Therefore, security personnel in particular and all election officials in general must be security conscious and alert to unusual activities in their environment and must be fully equipped to deal with any challenge at all times.”
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