By Adeniyi Onaara
The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed concern about the country’s deteriorating security situation and its implications for the 2023 general elections.
The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, stated on Monday at the validation of election security training resources in Abuja that the upcoming election faces a serious threat of cancellation if insecurity in the country does not improve.
Yakubu, represented by Abdullahi Zuru, Chairman of the Board of Electoral Institute, explained that “if the insecurity is not monitored and dealt with decisively, it may eventually culminate in the cancellation and/or postponement of elections in sufficient constituencies to impede declaration of election results and precipitate constitutional crisis.”
The commission, on the other hand, assured Nigerians that it would leave nothing to chance in providing intensive and extensive security for election personnel, materials, and processes.
“We all appreciate the fact that election security is critical to democratic consolidation by providing an enabling environment for the conduct of free, fair, credible, and inclusive elections, thereby strengthening the electoral process,” Mahmood said.
As a result, in preparing for the 2023 general elections, the commission is taking no chances in providing intensive and extensive security for election personnel, materials, and processes.
This is especially important to the commission given the current insecurity challenges in various parts of the country and the fact that National Youth Service Corps members constitute the core of the polling unit election officials.
“This cannot and will not happen.” As a result, security personnel in particular, and all election officials in general, must be security conscious and alert to unusual activities in their surroundings at all times, and they must be fully equipped to deal with any challenge.”