INEC: There Can’t Be Ballot Stuffing, Snatching In 2023 Election

INEC: There Can’t Be Ballot Stuffing, Snatching In 2023 Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that there will be no ballot stuffing or snatching by criminal elements in the 2023 general elections, as has been the case in most areas in previous elections in the country.

According to Alhaji Muhammed Mashi, the administrative secretary of INEC in Kaduna State, such cases have been rendered impossible due to electoral reform and improvement in preparation for the general elections.

Mashi stated this yesterday during a courtesy call from members of a non-governmental organization known as the Integrity Group for Better Nigeria (IGBN). He predicted that Nigerians would be surprised and pleased with the smooth conduct and outcome of the upcoming general elections.

The INEC scribe further said the INEC office in the state has received both sensitive and nonsensitive materials for the next year’s elections.

He also announced that those who did fresh registration and transfer of polling booth registration should go for the collection of their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) as they are ready.

“With the new electoral reform, Nigerians will be surprised and happy to see what will happen in the 2023 election because it will be smooth and transparent, free and fair.

“Issue of ballot stuffing and snatching will not happen, and no voter can vote twice. The election will be smooth so that if Mr. A wins the election, Mr. B will not hesitate to congratulate Mr. A, and vice versa.

“People who did multiple registrations will be taken to court because it is a criminal offense. Whoever perpetrated the offense will face the wrath of the law.

“We have started receiving both sensitive and insensitive materials for the 2023 elections. We are improving day by day.

“Those who did fresh registration and transfer of polling booths in July can go and collect their PVCs because they are ready,” Mashi said.

He told the group that INEC is very transparent in whatever it does toward the conduct of the forthcoming elections, adding that, “this is the type of association we want to partner with, and our door is open to everyone”.

Earlier, the convener of IGBN, Chief Patrick Lawson told the secretary that the group was impressed by the way INEC conducted Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections, and urged the Commission to maintain the tempo as well as improve on it.

“We are a nongovernmental organization group that is passionate about the political development and progress of our dear country. We are in partnership with other organizations to ensure that religion and ethnicity should not be barriers to the nation’s unity.

“We are saying that we should rather look for a person that has the capacity to lead the country. So we want to partner with INEC to ensure transparency in the elections.

“So far INEC is doing well and it should continue to do well. And we are pleased with INEC over the issue of PVCs as only those who registered can get the PVCs.

“We are happy that in recent times INEC has done so well, especially in the conduct of governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states. We are indeed impressed,” Lawson said.

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