INEC to prosecute electoral offenders soon
ABUJA—Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced its readiness to commence the prosecution of electoral offenders whose case files have already been prepared by the police.
Those to be prosecuted are violators of relevant electoral laws in the recently concluded 2019 general elections. The disclosure came as INEC said it was considering a proposal from Bayelsa State government to shift the November 2 governorship election in the state.
INEC boss, Prof Mahmood Yakubu INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who announced these during a meeting with stakeholders from Bayelsa State, led by Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (retd), in Abuja yesterday, said: “Arising from the arrests made by the security agencies in the 2019 general elections, the commission will soon commence the prosecution of offenders whose case files have been prepared by the Nigeria Police.
“May I also appeal to all political parties to ensure the conduct of transparent, credible and rancour-free primaries for the nomination of candidates.
From the 2019 general elections, we have seen how acrimonious party primaries have been, resulting in numerous litigations and making our preparations for elections difficult.