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
Gusau - The Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara on Friday said it would provide
emergency telephone lines at all the 2,516 polling units in the state during
the general elections.
Alhaji Abubakar Wara, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state,
made this known at a meeting with civil society organisations and persons with
disability in Gusau.
He said that the telephones would be used by the electorate in channelling
their complaints to the commission during elections.
Wara said that no election could be conducted in the country without incidents
of misbehaviours by miscreants, who would try to defend their political party’s
or master’s interest.
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"We will, therefore, not take it lightly with any offenders as adequate
security personnel will be put in place.
"There are laws available in the nation's Constitution to penalise any
election offender from possessing more than one voter card or to vote more than
once or causing havoc during elections.
"To ensure free, fair and credible elections in the state, we have already
enlightened people via radio and television jingles and we are still ready to
make numbers available for questions regarding election process and
procedures," he said.
The commissioner expressed the readiness of INEC to conduct free, fair and
credible elections in the state, and called on the public to remain law-abiding
and come out to exercise their franchise peacefully.