Political Stakeholders Caution Against Misconduct in Niger East Bye-Election

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Sep 2nd, 2014

Worried by the  outcome of the last. Saturday inconclusive Niger East by-election, political stakeholders on Monday cautioned against misconduct
In the re-run election this week.

A signed statement by Mr. Israel  Ebije, the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger state Governor stated that so many voters were disenfranchised for frivolous reasons in the exercise.

The spokesman to the Governor said they advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to checkmate future occurrence, adding that members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) should be properly educated on how to go about accreditations before voting.

According to the press secretary, the Governor of Niger state,
Banagida Aliyu met with stakeholders who comprise of Honorable commissioners, Special Advisers, Director – Generals, Chairmen, Heads and Members of Boards of Parastatals who were unanimous when they concluded that the timing for the last Saturday election accreditation was too short.

He said they were also alarmed at the way and manner thugs were almost taking over most of the polling units. He said they called for more security operatives at the affected units for next Saturday re-run election.

At the meeting, public officers were asked to put in their resignation once they have indicated interest in partisan politics adding that they must all abide by the rules enshrined in the constitution regarding public servants in partisan politics.

The stakeholders however concluded that the general outcome of the election was peaceful, urging all Nigerlites to conduct themselves in that manner in next Saturday re-run election.

It would be recalled that elections to fill the vacant Niger East Senatorial seat following death of Senator Awaisu Kuta last Saturday witnessed results from Bosso, Chanchaga, Munya, Paikoro, Rafi and Shiroro Local Government Areas (LGEA) cancelled. PDP is however leading with 89, 640, APC 84,689.

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