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Legal practitioner canvasses adequate security for election materials to check malpractice



Legal practitioner canvasses adequate security for election materials to check malpractice

By Maureen Ojinaka
Enugu, Feb. 21, 2019 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies have been charged to ensure adequate security for all the election materials ahead of Saturday’s polls.
An Enugu-based legal practitioner, Mr Cyprian Nnodu, gave the charge in an interview with the (New Agency of Nigeria) in Enugu on Thursday.
Nnodu said that adequate security measures for the election materials would go a long way to forestall electoral malpractice.
He said that the results of the general elections could be easily rigged, “if INEC did not take proactive steps to ensure the safety of the materials,” thereby allowing them to get into the wrong hands.
He further urged INEC to keep to its promise to give the country free, fair and credible elections.
The legal practitioner admonished the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, to ensure that necessary measures were put in place to avoid further postponement of the polls.
He underscored the need for INEC to begin to deploy technological innovations in the discharge of its activities as obtained in developed nations of the world.
Nnodu said, “It is high time INEC began to improve on its electoral activities by applying new technological methods like developed countries, so as to have more credible elections.”
He said that such innovations would help to save the country the embarrassment of shifting its election timetable every election period.
(Edited by Sam Oditah)

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