INEC Threatens To Void Kogi Results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has threatened to cancel the results of places that experienced crisis during the Presidential & National Assembly elections in Kogi yesterday.

Kogi Resident Electoral Commission —Dr Hale Longpet, issued the warning while reacting to the crises that erupted in some Local Government Areas while Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja.

Longpet said: “You know the electoral law says that where there are disruptions to the process, the result will be cancelled, the very particular units’ results will be cancelled.

“The issues initially were only in the Kogi East and Central but I can’t tell exactly where and where in the state have been affected until the results are brought by the electoral officers.

“We understood that because of the violence, those affected areas couldn’t conclude election there.

“I’m shocked that people can go to that level and disrupt something that everybody should have enjoyed.

“Election is a peaceful and willful thing that people are offered to freely participate.

“Again, if people are given assurance that everyone will enjoy a pleasant experience, why then should we have thugs invading the whole town or the local government, disrupting the conduct of the elections?

“This is very sad and shocking when you look at the loss of lives involved.”

He explained that election is not war, so If you were standing in for an election to provide services for your people, you don’t need to engage in these destructive activities.

He said anyone who feels he does not want to be part of the elections, does not have to go out there to vote.

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