Bauchi: NOA Charges INEC On Peace During and After Elections By Maureen Sambo

The Director General, National Orientation Agency, Dr. Garba Abari has called on aggrieved candidates to seek appropriate legal action after election instead of taking laws into their hands.

Abari made the call in Bauchi at the North East Zonal flag off of the Sensitization Campaign on Peaceful Conduct of the forthcoming General Elections in the country.

In response to the negative attitude of some unpatriotic citizens for taking laws into their hands after the election results is released, he implored politicians to be mindful of their utterances and guard against provocative statements capable of overheating the polity precipitating in the breakdown of law and order.

The NOA Director General noted that if the electoral body, security agencies, political parties and electorate failed to conduct their assignments as expected, the outcome of the elections will not be free and fair and accepted by the citizens and international community.

He added by saying that the agency has embarked on nationwide political and civic education campaign to sensitize, educate and mobilize Nigerians to minimize rejected votes, ensure peaceful conduct of the elections and guard against vote buying or selling thus encouraging citizens to exercise their franchise without fear or favour.

In his remark, the Bauchi State Resident Electoral Commissioner Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi warned youth in the state against engaging in election malpractice in order to safeguard their future.

Abdullahi commended NOA for coming up with the campaign which he observed will contribute in bringing peace during and after the elections.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the State Director, National Orientation Agency, Alhaji Nuru Yusuf Kobi said the nationwide campaign is to increase voter education towards reduction of violence before, during and after the elections.

Kobi pointed out that the agency has identified awareness campaign as one of the measures to minimize and tackle incidences of voided or invalid votes which leads to cancellation of election results as well as vote buying and selling.

The State NOA Director expressed confidence that with the campaign, violence will be reduced during and after the elections in addition to building the basis of a new culture of peace and justice in the electoral process

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