Free, Fair, Credible Polls In INEC, Police's Hands, Varsity Dons, Others Say
Ahead of the Saturday's Presidential and National Assembly polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies have been asked to be apolitical and unbiased in the conduct and supervision of the polls.
Cross sections of academics and concerned Nigerians made the appeal in separate interviews with Bounce News correspondent, in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State.
A lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, Doctor AbdulRasaq Adisa, said in view of the concerns already being expressed by a section of Nigeria and international community over the electoral umpire's neutrality, it behoves on INEC to try as much as possible to be neutral, tidy up all gaps in the areas of card reader's functionality, prompt and availability of complete election materials.
Doctor Abdulrasaq Adisa also added that it was expected of INEC to warn NYSC ad-hoc staff to be wary of taking money from politicians in an attempt to manipulate the electoral process.
The Don, however urged security agencies, especially the police, to be professional and avoid being used by politicians before, during and after the elections.
Doctor AbdulRasaq Adisa also cautioned the electorates against vote selling, stressing the need for them not to give in to politicians who will want to buy their votes.
The Mass Communication expert urged the electorate not to be violent, saying that If they have any complain, they should channel it through their party and not resulting to violence.
Another lecturer in the department of Performing Arts, Bayero University, Kano, Mr Quasim Adenekan, stressed the need for the electoral umpire and the security agencies to perform their constitutional responsibilities without fear and favour.
Mr Adenekan, also asked them to discharge their constitutional duties without bias or favour, pointing out that the electoral umpire must conduct an election that would be generally acceptable by Nigerians and the international community.
Similarly, an Abuja based legal practitioner, Muhammed Adelodun, said he expected INEC to live up to its mandate and be truly an Independent umpire.
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