INEC has expressed concern that the escalating level of insecurity in Nigeria may render the general election scheduled for 2023 either impossible or necessitate its postponement.
2023 General Elections May Be Cancelled
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), issued the caution on Monday, January 9, in Abuja, during the Validation of Election Security Training Resources.
Prof. Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, who was speaking on behalf of the INEC chairman, stated that the National Security Adviser (NSA) has assured the nation that a conducive environment will be provided for the elections.
FCT, Abuja – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a warning that the general election scheduled for 2023 is in grave danger of being called off if the waves of insecurity that have been plaguing various parts of the nation do not begin to subside.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), issued the warning on Monday, January 9, in Abuja, during the Validation of Election Security Training Resources.
According to Daily Trust, Professor Yakubu was reportedly represented at the meeting by Prof. Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, the chairman of the Board of Electoral Institute (BEI).
Moreover, 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 elections results and precipitate constitutional crisis. This must not be allowed to happen and shall not be allowed to happen,” the INEC boss said.
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,” Yakubu said.
INEC has given assurances to the people of Nigeria that it will not leave anything to chance in order to guarantee that intensive and extensive security will be provided for election personnel, materials, and processes. This was done in spite of the threats to national security.
“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,” Professor Mahmood said.
“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 of the country and the fact that the National Youth Service Corps members constitute the core of the polling unit election officials.
“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.”
What Chief of Security Said:
The nation has been assured by Prof. Zurusaid, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Mohammed Babagana Monguno (retd), and the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that an environment that is conducive to the successful conduct of the general election in 2023 will be provided.
He also stated that there is a new Electoral Legal Framework that will guide the election in 2023. He explained that this framework was created as a result of the enactment of the Electoral Act 2022, which prompted the review of the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for Conduct of Elections 2022. Ultimately, this review led to the creation of the new Electoral Legal Framework.
“The Hon. Chairman INEC has severally assured the nation that the BVAS and IReV will be deployed during the 2023 General Elections,” he said.
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