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INEC urged to improve electoral proess

18 October 2012, 14:20

Ondo - The National Chairman of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Mr Gilbert Agbo, on Thursday advised INEC to redouble its efforts in ensuring the success of the governorship elections on Saturday in Ondo State.

He said that it was necessary for INEC  to learn from the mistakes that marred the electoral process in in the country in the past.

Agbo gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He reminded the officials that the nation expected nothing short of transparency, free and fairness from the polls, urging them to see the task as a must-do-affair.

``When these materials are not available at the polling units, it will give room for suspicion by the voters.

``INEC should be able to learn from the mistakes where some polling units did not get voting materials; the materials should be available by 8 a.m. for effective usage,’’ Agbo said.

According to him, materials for the elections should be readily available at the polling units.

He also advised politicians to eschew money politics, adding “canvass for peoples’ votes and not to bribe them before they can vote for you.

``Politicians should abide by the rules and regulations.

``If the politicians have genuine intentions to lead the people, the people will elect them, the era of must win by force is gone, ’’Agbo said.

According to him, politics is not a do-or-die affair, pointing out that time has come for politicians to accept defeat in the spirit of good sportsmanship.



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