Kogi/Bayelsa elections: Politicians have mobilised thugs to disrupt, influence polls results, INEC alerts

Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 - Abuja (FCT)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised the alarm on the likelihood of the November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states being disrupted by political thugs.

The Commission alleged that the thugs were being mobilised from within and outside the states where the elections would be conducted.

Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, expressed the commission’s fear yesterday in Abuja during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) to review the security situation and arrangement for the forthcoming polls attended by the
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, representatives of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and various paramilitary agencies.

Yakubu said the outcome of the risk assessment conducted by the Commission identified some flash-points in the two states, adding: “There are already warning signals in the two states. Both are politically volatile.

“Elections have been severally disrupted by violence in the past. Our own risk assessment, which will be shared with the security agencies at this meeting, has identified some flashpoints.




source: Guardian