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Kogi Poll: INEC Expresses Concern Over Possible Election Violence       

Kogi Election: INEC to take precautions to avoid violence.     

Funsho Akinwale

James Apam, the Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, on Tuesday expressed concern over the violence that may likely mar the state governorship election scheduled to hold on November 16, 2019.

The state commissioner dropped the hints at the unveiling of “Get out the Vote (GOTV), Voter Education and Stop Violence Against Women In Politics (STOP VAWIP)” campaign projects and multi-stakeholders’ meeting in Lokoja.

Apam said the commission was fully prepared for successful credible elections in a free and fair atmosphere but was only worried about violence that may arise during the exercise.

“INEC is doing everything possible to organise free, fair and credible governorship election in November. We have met with traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state on the way forward.

“People always blame INEC when there is problem, but the truth of the matter is that in most cases, the electorate and politicians are responsible for the problems.

“Yes, on our part, we normally encounter some problems but I can assure you that some of these problems will be solved before, during and after election. Our main worry has always been violence.

“You spent a lot of time to prepare for elections, putting resources together, training men and women for the exercise.

“You send them to the field for the exercise and all of a sudden, someone with a gun appears and starts shooting and before you know what is happening, everything has been disrupted,” Apam lamented.

Apam, therefore, urged parents, especially women, to talk to their children and wards on the need to shun violence.

He added that without violence, there would be massive turnout during the election and the exercise would be hitch-free.