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INEC tasks security agencies on protection for conduct of CVR in Edo, Ondo states

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged security agencies to provide protection for the successful conduct of the Continuous Voter Registration Exercise(CVR) exercise scheduled to hold in Edo and Ondo states.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu gave tasked the security agencies at the 2nd Quarterly Consultative Meeting with Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), in Abuja.

“There are two activities relating to the forthcoming Governorship elections that we need to draw your attention to. First is the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in the two States that will enable eligible citizens who are not registered voters to do so”.

The INEC Chairman said “We need security protection for the registrants, registration personnel, equipment, observers and journalists that will cover the exercise.

“I urge you to keep your eyes on the electioneering process with a view to preventing violent attacks or negative mobilisation by political parties, candidates and their supporters during their campaigns,” he said.

Prof. Yakubu revealed that the Commission has compiled the detailed locations of the registration centres in a 28-page document to guide security agencies on their operational plans to secure the process.

He added that those who are already registered voters will also have the opportunity to transfer their registration from other states of the federation to Edo and Ondo States or from one location to another within the states.

He explained that the Commission is preparing for two major off-cycle Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.

“The Edo State Governorship election is holding in the next four months on Saturday 21st September 2024 while the Ondo Governorship election holds in the next six months on Saturday 16th November 2024.

Speaking further the INEC Boss informed that the Commission has published the final list of candidates for Edo following the conclusion of party primaries and the end of the period for withdrawal and substitution of candidates as provided in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.

With the commencement of campaign on Wednesday 24th April 2024, Prof. Yakubu however discouraged the use of the power of incumbency to deny opposition parties and candidates access to public facilities such as Radio and Television stations, public buildings for campaigns and rallies or even outdoor advertising through the imposition of excessive fees and levies, noting that it often result in the breach of the peace.

Stressing that such actions actions, including the mutual destruction of campaign materials and facilities, violate the provisions of Sections 91 to 97 of the Electoral Act 2022., he called on security agencies to ensure the enforcement of the law

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