INEC to reduce observers for Kogi election

By 09:59 Thu, 17 Sep 2015 Comments

The Independent National Electoral Commission said on Thursday that it thoroughly screened and reduced the number of observers that would monitor the forth-coming governorship election in Kogi.

Head, Civil Society Organizations Unit, INEC, Mrs. Rose Oriaran, stated this at a meeting with representatives of civil society organisation in Lokoja.

She explained that the measure was to avoid infiltration into the electoral process by political agents, who had been masquerading as observers.

Oriaran added that the step was also part of efforts by INEC to organise a free and credible election in the state.

She expressed appreciation of the commission for civil society groups’ contributions to the successes of past elections.

She, however, disclosed that INEC had come to a stage when it would separate the wheat from the chaff “as far as election monitoring was concerned.”

The unit head said the commission was bent on correcting past mistakes where some groups offered to be election observers only to turn out to be politicians.

She appealed to groups in the state to show understanding and continue to be good partners with the commission in its quest to provide a credible electoral process to the nation.

She also advised youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used as thugs by unscrupulous politicians during the election.



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