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2019 Election: NUJ warns INEC, others against manipulations


L- INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), other institutions and stakeholders to strictly adhere to electoral rules as the only way to achieving free, fair and credible 2019 general elections in the country.

Kogi State Chairman of NUJ, Momohjimoh Adeiza stated this at a one day Community Dialogue on Anti corruption, Transparency and Accountability, organised by Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in partnership with the Shehu Musa Yar’adua foundation, with support of MacArthur Foundation in Lokoja yesterday.

He advised the INEC and the Security Agents to live up to their bidding by ensuring free, fair and credible elections.

Adeiza warned Nigerians against violating the electoral guidelines for the forthcoming elections, stressing that the impartiality of INEC and Security agencies is crucial to the success of the election, maintaining that the elections would only be credible, free and fair when the stakeholders in charge of election management do not subvert the will of the people. He called for strict adherence to the rules, saying doing otherwise by the principal institutions charged with the conduct of the polls would certainly lead to public outcry, break down of law and order, “if the processes are breached”.

Also speaking, Gift Omoniwa, representing Civil Society Organisations, pointed out that promoting accountability and transparency in electoral process, is a major determinant to ensuring a credible election, encouraging women on the need to actively get involved in political activities and cautioned them against selling their votes in exchange for trivialities.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Idris Miliki, said the dialogue session was aimed at equipping the electorates, the Civil Society and the Media on the electoral rules, to enable them engage INEC and Security officials on the need to follow the laid down electoral guidelines to enable them to ask the right questions.

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