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Kogi, Bayelsa, Imo elections crucial — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that the November 11 governorship polls in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states are very crucial.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this at the quarterly consultative meeting with civil society organisations on Wednesday.

Yakubu stated that INEC will continue to intercede with the security agencies to grant election observers unimpeded access to voting and collation locations.

He also urged accredited observers to strictly adhere to the code of conduct for election observation.

“Election is a multi-stakeholder activity. In discharging our responsibilities, we will continue to engage with all stakeholders. One of such engagements is with the security agencies.

“In previous elections, civil society organisations have expressed concern about the safety of persons involved in elections as well as the protection of the process, including polling units and collation centres.

“Similarly, civil society organisations have on several occasions urged the Commission to intercede with the security agencies to grant you unimpeded access to voting and collation locations.

“I want to reassure you that we will continue to do so as we engage with the security agencies both at the national level and in the three States,” the INEC Chairman said.

He added “At the same time, I wish to remind all accredited observers to strictly adhere to the code of conduct for election observation

“Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi Governorship elections are critical to the Commission. At this meeting, we will fully brief you about our level of preparations. In return, we will appreciate your comments and observations.”

Yakubu noted that the commission has accredited 145 organisations deploying 7,896 observers.

He said “I am glad to note that many of you here today are deploying teams of observers for the three elections. Overall, the Commission has accredited 145 organisations deploying 7,896 observers.”

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