A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned Nigerians to shun all forms of violence during the ongoing electoral process.
The Borno State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Samuel Madaki gave the warning during one-day workshop on sensitization and awareness creation on dangers of post-election violence.
The National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) organised the seminar for youth, women group and other bodies in Maiduguri.
Madaki said post-election violence would not do anybody any good and advised that elections should not be seen as a do-or-die affair.
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“Post-election violence will continue to weaken our nation-hood bringing under-development. Violence when perpetrated knows no boundary, the youth, women, children and the aged are not spared. For us in the North East region, the present security challenge should teach us a lesson that violence knows no boundary. We cannot afford to be a failed state when many countries are looking up to Nigeria as the pride of Africa and the Black Race. All hands must be on deck to ensure that the 2015 general elections are concluded without violence,” he said.
The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA Northeast, Mohammed Kanar, said the essence of the workshop was held to educate and make the general public aware on emergency and disaster curtailment activities during and after the elections.
He said this had become necessary in view of the fact that any security breach will be a disaster.
“I wish to at this juncture appreciate our stakeholders unshaken support and cooperation to NEMA in our efforts to strengthen the country's level of preparedness for 2015 violence free elections,” Kenar said.