Angry Observers Tell INEC What To Do To Election Riggers

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Coalition of Domestic Observers in Plateau have advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prosecute any of its staff involved in electoral malpractice.

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The leader of the groups, Godwin Okoko, told newsmen at a news conference in Jos on Wednesday, that some INEC staff allegedly compromised during the elections. Okoko referred to two cases, one of which an electoral officer transported election materials from the Central Bank in Jos to a local government without a security escort and another of which a returning officer from Bokkos took off with election results.

According to him, INEC should also thoroughly verify the activities of its ad-hoc staff.

Okoko also said that the groups which observed the elections were generally peaceful and orderly, but that there was voter apathy in most polling units visited across the state.

He, however, complimented  INEC for early arrival of officials, sensitive and non-sensitive materials and early set up of polling units and voting points.

“Smart card readers in almost 98 per cent of polling units visited were functional, compared to the challenges encountered in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“Adhoc staff acted more professional than in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.” he said

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