2023: INEC Laments Insecurity, Says It Can’t Deploy Services In Some States

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the major challenge to the electoral process in Nigeria is the insecurity ravaging some parts of the country.

The position of the body was made known by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye while speaking on Tuesday at a program organized by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) titled, ‘Nigeria 2023: The New Electoral Act and the Road Ahead”.

He, however, said the commission was working gradually on curbing the menace via interactions under the Inter-agency Consultative Committee On Election Security, to allow for peaceful elections in 2023.

He said, “The biggest challenge facing the electoral process in Nigeria today revolves around the issue of election security.

“The Nigerian military is engaged in internal security operations in almost all the states of the federation. There are states of the federation where the commission cannot even deploy for purposes of voter registration and we have many people in IDP camps that have to be registered.

“All these things impact on the electoral process but under the auspices of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security, we are reviewing some of these things and trying to find some measures to the security challenges to make for peaceful elections.”

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