INEC Fortifies Offices Against Attacks

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission has started moves aimed at fortifying its offices across the country in order to forestall alleged plan by some politicians to burn its offices nationwide,The PUNCH has learnt.

The alleged plan, it was learnt, was aimed at destroying ballot papers and card readers which losers of elections might want to use at election petition tribunals.

Our correspondent learnt that there were clandestine moves by some unnamed politicians to either burn down INEC offices or destroy evidences that could be used to nullify their victories at the tribunals.

In order to forestall this, it was learnt that the commission had called on heads of security agencies to help fortify the commission’s offices nationwide.

A source at the national headquarters of the commission in Abuja told our correspondent on Tuesday that “the commission is not unmindful of activities of some disgruntled politicians who might be planning to attack the commission’s installations nationwide.

“We will do everything within the law to defend the elections and also safeguard our offices in order to enable us to present the documents we have before tribunals if there is need for that.”

The Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the commission, Mr. Kayode Idowu, who confirmed this said that the commission was ready to defend its actions.

He also told our correspondent that the commission had put in place enough security arrangements around its installations.

Idowu said, “There are security arrangements around INEC installations nationwide.”

He said the allegation and information that there were plans by some unnamed politicians to burn down INEC offices in order to destroy materials used for the elections would help in guiding the commission to fortify its offices.

“That information on the plan to burn down our offices will also help us to further beef up security round our offices,” he added.

On the allegation that some officials of the commission did not use card readers during the last election, Idowu said he was not aware of such.

He said since the elections had been conducted, aggrieved politicians should know where to take their grievances to.

He said, “The elections had been conducted and if there is anyone who is aggrieved or has any reservation, he knows where to take such to.”

On whether the commission was probing the conduct of elections in both Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, Idowu refused to be specific. He said that the commission reserved the right to examine what happened during any of its activities including elections.

He said the commission did this in order to know if there were things that went wrong before, during and after elections so as to know who to blame or commend.

He said, “The results of the elections have been known and announced. We don’t probe the outcome anymore.

“But what the commission does is just administrative examination of its activities in order to know if there were things that went wrong or not.

 

Source: The Punch Newspaper