The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) on Monday mentioned if the insecurity ravaging the nation was not monitored and checked, it might result in cancellation or postponement of 2023 elections in some areas.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who spoke on the validation workshop of election safety coaching assets in Abuja on Monday, lamented the insecurity ravaging the nation.
Yakubu was represented by the Chairman Board of Electoral Institute (BEI), Prof. Abdullahi Zuru.
“If the insecurity is just not monitored and handled decisively, it might in the end culminate within the cancellation and/or postponement of elections in ample constituencies to hinder declaration of election outcomes and precipitate constitutional disaster.
“This should not be allowed to occur and shall not be allowed to occur,” he mentioned.
Yakubu mentioned that election safety was important to the fee given the present insecurity challenges in numerous elements the nation and the truth that the Nationwide Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members constituted the core of the Polling Unit election officers.
“Subsequently, safety personnel particularly and all election officers usually have to be safety aware and alert to uncommon actions of their setting and have to be absolutely outfitted to take care of any problem always.
“To this finish, the Nationwide Safety Adviser, Gen. Mohammed Babagana Monguno; and the Chairman, INEC have collectively assured the nation that conducive setting will probably be supplied for profitable conduct of the 2023 normal Election.
“Equally, the Inspector Basic of Police, Usman Baba, has performed Election Safety Administration Workshops throughout the Six Geopolitical Zones.
“On its half the Fee, by way of The Electoral Institute, has institutionalised the event and implementation of a cascaded coaching mechanism for safety personnel as a vital element of its coaching plan.’’
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