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No proper election can take place without adequate security

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A coalition of 92 civil society organizations, CSOs under the aegis of Democracy Watch of Nigeria on Friday cautioned the Federal Government that without adequate security no proper election can take place without adequate security in the country.

Dr Gabriel Nwambu, the convener of the Round Table Conference tagged: ‘Toward The 2023 General Elections ‘made this disclosure on behalf of the CSOs.

Nwambu at the ongoing confab said: “78 “days to the general elections as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the distribution of voting materials across the country.

” Ironically, the offices and facilities of INEC has frequently and systematically been attacked in what seems to us as a coordinated and simultaneous attacks across Nigeria especially in the southern part of the country.

” The attacks in Imo state is making it the seventh attack in four months. They were coordinated attacks in INEC offices in Ogun and Osun states respectively. Democracy Watch Nigeria has noted with dismay that these attacks are coming after INEC had met with the nation’s security chiefs and several reassurances by the Inspector General of Police which is the lead agency for international security that security has been beefed up to protect INEC installations and facilities nationwide. It is worthy of note that INEC is not a security agency, and no successful election can take place without adequate protections of lives and property of citizens.

” For an effective election process, citizens need proper reassurance of their safety otherwise this would impaired negatively on the turnout of registered voters on elections. In these attacks, Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), electricity generating sets, and election materials, infrastructure, etc. were burnt and destroyed.

“The electoral management body has assured every registered voter that they would not be disenfranchised. Consequently, the commission has commenced the reprinting of all burnt PVCs across the country.

” This is coming when issues about the funding of INEC’s budget had long been concluded for the 2023 General Elections for a country that is in a dare need of funds to finance its budget. The funds for the replacement of PVCs and other facilities would have been saved if not for these consistent and incessant attacks.

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