The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has on Thursday launched INEC RESULT VIEWING (IReV) a public portal where election results are transmitted life, further enhancing the transparency in the country's electoral process. In a statement signed by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner, Voter Education, and Public Information said the commission will begin using the portal from the Nasarawa Central state constituency by-election on Saturday, 8th August 2020, warning politicians against thuggery and other forms of violence in disrupting the electioneering process as extant law will be observed.
He urged politicians, party agents, and supporters to conduct their campaigns according to the laws."It is important for political parties, candidates and their supporters to keep in mind that there are extant laws and regulations that they must adhere to during campaigns.
"The commission will not shirk its responsibility to enforce the rules of the game," parts of the statement read.
Speaking further, Okoye said, "Political parties must realize that Edo and Ondo states governorship elections are taking place at a time of a global pandemic and the Commission is working assiduously to observe and comply with all health and safety protocols issued by the Commission and health authorities.
"With the pandemic taking its toll on the citizenry, the people of Edo and Ondo states must be saved from the added burden of violent and raucous elections. Political parties must remember that Edo and Ondo State governorship elections have strict constitutional and statutory timelines and threats of violence or actual violence can disrupt those timelines and create a constitutional crisis."
He noted that the level of violence recorded during electioneering continues to escalate, saying the commission is prepared to enforce full rules and regulations guiding the electoral system.
"The commission remains determined to conduct peaceful elections in the two States and in the outstanding National and State Assembly bye-elections," Okoye said.
He added that the "Commission will continue to engage stakeholders in the two States on the need for free, fair, safe, and peaceful elections, given that it has committed enormous public resources in preparing for the elections. Therefore, the Commission will view gravely any disruptive actions by political actors."
Okoye urged security agencies to step up and diligently carry out their duties during the upcoming elections in Edo and Ondo States. Also, in the event of violence or disruption of the election, the commission is set to discontinue the process.