Elections should not be militarised- Tambuwal
AHEAD the 2015 general elections, Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has said it is undemocratic to over militarize the country.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the conduct of a free and fair election in 2015.
The Speaker spoke at the residence of the Deputy Governor of Edo state, Dr Pius Odubu on Saturday before attending the wedding of the son of the Oba of Benin, Prince Ehioze Erediauwa and wife Chioma.
Tambuwal was flanked by the Minority Whip of the House and member representing Uhumwonde/Orhiomnwon Federal constituency, Samson Osagie, Rasaq Bello-Osagie (Oredo Federal Constituency), Jim Adun (Egor/Ikpoba Okhai), Isaac Osahon (Ovia Federal Constituency) and members of the Edo state Executive.
Pointing out that states must not be over militarized during elections in order not to discourage people from voting, the Speaker stated that “I have made my position known at the NBA conference about a week ago.”
“And I said that it is not the best of fashions in a democracy that you militarize a process to the extent that voters get intimidated and scared and they rather withdraws and remain indoors.”
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