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Why INEC must assert its independence, by parties

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Emma Okah

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to assert its independence and not allow security operatives usurp her functions.

Rivers State PDP Campaign Organisation Spokesperson, Emma Okah, said INEC needed to be bold and independent and call the bluff of the defaulting security agencies and their collaborators who are bent on dragging the name of the commission through the mud.

Okah stated that the time has come for Nigerians to review the role of the military in elections, noting that a situation where security agencies determine the measure of INEC’s success in elections, spells doom for the nation and calls for a rethink.

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But the Director-General of Accord Party governorship candidate, Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ campaign group, Iyk Oji, has called for outright cancellation of the governorship and House of Assembly polls in the state and rescheduling of the elections within the stipulated time-frame of the Electoral Law.

Also, he recommended the redeployment from the state of all critical members of staff of INEC who participated and were involved in the March 9, 2019 election because of the trauma they have suffered from their harassment, abduction and intimidation.

In the same vein, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Precious Elekima, asked INEC to declare him winner of the suspended polls.

He said the SDP would continue to sympathise with the families of the victims of electoral violence in the state.


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