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 Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Thursday urged election observers for the upcoming general elections to abide by the guidelines of the exercise.
Jega made the call at a meeting with accredited domestic and foreign observers for the elections in Abuja.
He commended the role of the observers in previous elections, saying that it was crucial because it supported the commission to improve on the country's electoral process.
He restated that observers’ reports on the 2011 general elections guided the commission in preparing for the upcoming polls.
Jega, however, urged the observers to work only within the functions and powers as clearly spelt out in the electoral process.
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According to him, while an election monitor exercises some level of lawful authority over the conduct of elections, "an observer has no such powers’’.
The INEC chairman added that the commission had concluded arrangements to enable the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to vote in the elections.
He said that the arrangement would ensure that there was a safe place for the IDPs to vote.
According to him, this will apply to IDPs from areas that are worst hit by the insurgency, specifically in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.