Aka Ikenga, an igbo socio-cultural group has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to uphold democracy and redeem its image ahead of the governorship and state House of Assembly elections schedules to hold today.
The group’s Deputy Publicity Secretary, Collins Ugwu and Secretary-General, Barrister Mark Nduka-Eze, urged INEC in a statement on Friday.
The presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 25th but was allegedly compromised with late arrival of election materials in some polling units, violence, technical issues with the BVAS.
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“We call on INEC to uphold democracy today and remove the stigma of being its undertaker rather. You must be transparent, you must be impartial, and you must follow our laws to give Nigerians the desires of their votes without compromise or theatre.
“We demand that INEC should today, unreservedly regenerate the confidence of Nigerians whose unprecedented energy and legitimate expectations for free, credible and transparent elections, before and during the presidential elections was savaged by a cocktail of institutional ‘errors’ and scandalously unprotected ballots, contrary to their strident but now clearly overrated assurances,” the group said.
It noted that the electoral umpire and security operatives should ensure they adhere to their responsibilities to safeguard the country’s democracy.
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“We must note that Nigeria has paid a huge prize for corporate nationhood in the war we fought, and insurgencies we are still trying to contain. Nigeria paid a prize for military dictatorship, and we are still reeling from the pangs. Nigerians now have chosen democracy and INEC and our security formations must not be complicit to make us lose it.”
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