May 21, 2024

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police Force have jointly affirmed their commitment to a peaceful and credible governorship election in Kogi, scheduled for November 11. This assurance was conveyed by INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gabriel Longpet, and Kogi Police Spokesperson, Williams Ovye-Aya, during a workshop organized by the International Press Centre (IPC) for 26 journalists in Abuja.

Longpet emphasized that INEC has diligently prepared to build upon the successes of previous elections in February and March, aiming for a peaceful, fair, and credible poll on November 11. He detailed plans to electronically transmit results from the 3,508 polling units in 239 wards across the state, thereby thwarting any manipulation of manual results during transfer to collation centers. Longpet stressed collaborative efforts with stakeholders including security forces, civil society organizations, and the media.

He urged the 18 participating political parties and candidates to educate their members and supporters about maintaining order for a peaceful election. Ovye-Aya, the police spokesperson, reaffirmed the police’s readiness to ensure robust security during the election, thwarting any disruptive actions by criminal elements. He underscored their commitment to safeguarding voters before, during, and after the election, cautioning potential troublemakers, particularly political thugs, about the legal consequences they would face.

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