Kogi Guber: SDP accuses INEC of denying access to election materials

Be bold in enforcing electoral laws – SDP speaks to INEC


The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to boldly implement the provisions of the electoral law and constitution in future elections.

SDP National Chairman, Shehu Gabam, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr. Gabam said that in 2024, Nigerians expect INEC to adjust the areas where it has gone wrong in the past and take bold steps to correct it in the future.

He added that INEC must boldly prosecute election violators and cancel elections if there is evidence of compromise in the process.

“During the last election in Kogi, INEC admitted that the most sensitive election material, the election result sheet, was leaked and pre-filled before the election, but it did not act properly.

“Despite our promise to cancel elections in these three local government areas, which was not implemented, we continue to fight. We have filed a petition challenging this. .

“INEC needs to be bold because it has the power to cancel elections if there is evidence of compromise. The law is very clear,” he said.

Mr. Gabam advised the INEC Chairman to boldly correct some of the commission’s past mistakes.

“The commission said it was investigating some election offenders. INEC must show Nigerians that it is very serious about prosecuting them, otherwise the voters of this country “The indifference will be unprecedented,” he said.

Regarding calls for further review of electoral laws, Gabam said if Nigeria has to get its electoral process right, there is a need to reorient Nigerians.

“I think a change of direction is the key. In general, for people to understand their rights and privileges, they need to be reacquainted.

“Once people understand that it is their constitutional right to vote and have their vote counted, they will resist any attempt to overturn their vote.

“Once people begin to resist attempts to overturn their votes, there is nothing anyone, including government officials, can do to overturn their will,” he said.

He added that Nigerians also need to change their stance on boycotting elections, saying boycotting elections is not a solution in a democratic governance system.

Source: dailypost.ng

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