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CLEEN Foundation tasks INEC, security agencies on credible polls

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A body, Cleen Foundation has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and security agencies to avoid bias in the conduct of 2019 general elections.

Executive Director of the foundation, Dr. Benson Olugbuo, gave the advise in Abuja during its 20th anniversary.

He explained that free, fair, transparent, inclusive and violent- free elections are possible, if citizens engage aspirants in fruitful dialogues.

Ahead of the polls, he also implored politicians to base their campaigns on issues and avoid hate speeches, or inflammatory languages.

Olugbuo identified inter-agency rivalry among security agencies as the bane of smooth conduct of elections in Nigeria.

He called for more training of security personnel ahead of the 2019 general elections to avoid previous hiccups.

According to him: “When it comes to working together, sometimes you find it difficult because everybody wants to be in charge.

But we know that they are all supposed to be working for one purpose, which is to organise free and fair elections”

The director canvassed an enabling environment where citizens will freely exercise their rights to participate and vote candidates of their choice without fear of violence.

While demanding that Nigerians’ votes must count in elections, he identified the lack of internal party democracy as another challenge in the country’s political system.

He expressed concern that existing political parties are unable to organise free and fair elections.


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