Insecurity increases cost of conducting elections — INEC

The National Independent Electoral Commission has attributed the high cost of conducting elections to prevailing insecurity in most parts of the country and called for peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians .
The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Benue , Enugu and Anambra States , Mr Festus Okoye , said this on Saturday in Makurdi during an interaction with leaders of political parties , civil society organisations and the media .

He acknowledged that though huge deployment of security personnel during elections helped in stabilising the electoral process , it was also capital intensive .

Okoye , a civil society activist, called on the stakeholders to mobilise the electorate against electoral violence and insecurity in the country .

He said the commission was working hard to ensure Internally Displaced Persons living in various camps are not disenfranchised.

“ The conditions of the IDPs are horrible . No Nigerian deserves​ to live in a camp . I call on all including the media to mobilise the people against insurgency .

“ No matter how bad their conditions are , we will make sure they vote during the elections.

“ We are working with State Emergency Management Agencies to capture their details . All registered IDPs will vote , ” he assured .

He said no Nigerian , who has attained voting age , who possessed a valid voter card would be denied the right to exercise their franchise .

( NAN )

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