Written by David LAWANI

2019: NPC reassures INEC of peaceful elections

The chairman of the National Peace Committee, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, (retired) has reassured the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the general of the committee's preparedness to ensure the 2019 general election enjoys peace and orderliness throughout the exercise. 

Abubakar, who gave this reassurance in a briefing with journalists shortly after a meeting with the INEC Boss, Prof. Yakubu Mamud and other stakeholders in Abuja, stated the need for peace to rein before, during and after the election remains a fact that cannot be disputed. 

He noted: "We invited the chairman of INEC for the last one hour or so. He has briefed us on the preparation for the elections, his challenges and what he is going to do in order to make sure there is successful, free and fair elections. I have taken notes of such flash areas in the states where he wants the peace committee to intervene in order to bring peace so that elections will be conducted peacefully. 

"On our part, we will do the best we can in order to help sanitize the political arena. You members of the press have also a role and a duty to educate our people and the politicians so that when they go on campaigning, they campaign on issues and there should be politics without bitterness, there should be no rancour. 

"You will also help us educate our citizens so that they will avoid being used as thugs during campaign and during elections. You should also help us educate Nigerians on their citizens’ rights to ensure that they collect their PVCs and ensure that their names are properly registered, to avoid ballot box snatching and all types of hooliganism during the elections". 

The INEC boss responding to questions from journalists after the briefing noted that he was in the meeting to brief the peace committee led by the retired military president on the commission's level of preparation to conduct a violence free election come 2019. 

 

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