INEC urged to ensure violent free elections come 2019

The Independent National Electoral Commission -INEC, has been urged to do everything within its ambits to ensure that the 2019 election is devoid of bloodshed.

The call came following hints by the Commission that it may be compelled to shift the 2019 election if pockets of violence conceived by politicians in preparation for 2019 are not laid off.

Speaking with Planet News, a Public Affairs Commentator, Barrister Edet Bassey reechoed the words of former president Goodluck Jonathan on the issue of bloodshed during election, and insisted that such should be the mindset of all Nigerian leaders.

According to Barrister Bassey, Nigeria must not attempt to experience bloodshed before it learns, but should rather have a rethink and borrow a leaf from other African countries that have paid dearly for treading on the path of electoral violence.

Recall that INEC had within the week said it might be compelled to suspend the 2019 general election following threats of violence by some politicians in the country. Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who stated this, was reacting to some disturbing videos of political campaigns on social media in which some politicians were seen threatening to shed blood.



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