The Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission will be meeting with party leaders over campaign violence.
According to Ther Punch, this was disclosed by Yakubu in Abuja on Tuesday, during the training of master trainers on election technology for the 2023 general election.
Worried by the rising wave of violence as elections draw nigh, the INEC chairman warned that parties, candidates and their supporters should “not by acts of commission or omission further complicate the prevailing security situation in the country.”
He stated, “Even as the commission is working hard to ensure a credible process in the forthcoming elections, reports of clashes among parties and their supporters in some states of the country during the ongoing electioneering is worrisome.
“So too is the reported denial of access to public facilities for parties and candidates in some states of the federation. Let me caution parties and their supporters to focus on issues and steer clear of attacks on each other.
“These are not only violations of the Electoral Act 2022 but also negate the voluntary commitment by all political parties and candidates to the letter and spirit of the peace accord signed about three weeks ago under the auspices of the NPC.”
Speaking further, Yakubu disclosed that the electoral body would continue to monitor the situation closely, adding that INEC would also meet with security agencies over the rising political tension in the country.
He added, “A peaceful electioneering campaign is critical to the conduct of peaceful and credible elections. The commission will continue to monitor the situation closely and will convene a meeting with leaders of political parties next week to discuss, among other issues, the imperative of peaceful campaigns and equal access to public facilities.
“In the same vein, the commission will also meet with the security agencies under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security next week.”