The National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has attributed the high cost of conducting elections to prevailing insecurity in most parts of the country and called for peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians.
The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Benue, Enugu and Anambra states, Mr Festus Okoye, said this today in Makurdi during an interaction with leaders of political parties, Civil Society Organisations and the Media. He acknowledged that though such huge deployment of security personnel during elections helped in stabilizing the electoral process, it was also capital intensive.
Okoye called on the stakeholders to mobilize the electorate against electoral violence and general insecurity in the country. He also said the commission is working hard to ensure Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in various camps are not disenfranchised. According to him, the conditions of the IDPs are horrible, adding that no Nigerian deserve to live in a camp. He called on all including the media to mobilise the people against insurgency.
Okoye called on the electorate to check their names in the ongoing display of voters register to avoid omissions and spelling errors. He also warned political parties to avoid wrong substitution of candidates’ names, saying only list of candidates duly signed by party chairmen and secretaries will be accepted by the commission.