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Group tasks INEC on voter education

A group, the Centre for credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to carry out a proper voter education ahead of next month’s Bayelsa and Kogi State governorship elections.

They made the call at a round table discussion for accredited observer groups in Abuja.

The discussion was for INEC accredited observer groups to leverage their observations in previous elections to avoid a recurrence in the Bayelsa and Kogi states governorship elections slated for 16th of next month.

In a submission, the Director-General, Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness Dr. Nwambu Gabriel, described the two states as politically volatile and appealed to INEC to take proactive measures to ensure a credible elections.

Mr. Stafford Bisong of the International Leadership Initiative identified some of the challenges of the nation’s electoral process as vote buying, snatching of ballot boxes and violence.

Mr. Bisong urged the Election Management Body to ensure more voter education in the two states.

Mrs. Funmilayo Akala of the United Nigeria Peace Foundation described her experience as an observer in previous elections as a terrible.

Mrs. Akala appealed to INEC to caution politicians and their supporters on the need to desist from violence for peaceful and credible polls.

Other civil society operatives including the Coordinator, Justice for Equity Organization, Mr. Tunde Bafunsho, acknowledged that INEC did its best in the 20019 general election, but there was the need for the commission to improve in the conduct of Kogi and Bayelsa state governorship elections.

NEHEMIAH ANINI

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