The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Kwara State has increased security to guard against attacks.
Due to previous attacks and the destruction of election materials in various states, INEC requested that the police secure its offices nationally.
Attahiru Madami, the Kwara Resident Electoral Commissioner, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Thursday, 17th November, that it was crucial to thwart any attempts to compromise security around INEC offices.
He expressed faith that the police would uphold their obligation to create a secure and friendly environment for the conduct of the general elections in 2023. Madami consequently issued a warning to political thugs and scoundrels to stay away from INEC premises.
He added that the commission collaborated with the state fire department to train its personnel in firefighting techniques and safety measures. The REC also stated that the bushes surrounding the office had been cut back to prevent bush burning, which could start a fire. Madami encouraged the public to check their names on the INEC portal to ensure they were written accurately.
He stated that anyone found with a double registration will have to pay a N1 million fine or face criminal charges.
“Our Biometric Voters Accreditation System device is one-man-one-vote, and anybody caught with double registration would go to jail or pay N1 million fine.”
“Members of the National Youth Service Corps will be trained on how to use the BVAS before the election,” Madami said.
He stated that the era of rigging elections was over because of the use of BVAS.