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[BREAKING] Governorship election: We’ll take drastic measures against proven irregularities – INEC declares

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that it would review and address cases of voter inducement, harassment and manipulation of results.

Barrister Festus Okoye, the Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said this when he addressed the press in Abuja on Sunday.

The commission noted that there were “difficult and unforeseen circumstances outside its control,” which it, however, “did its best to respond, especially where processes were disrupted by actors over whom we have little or no control.”

“Such diabolical behaviour did not only affect citizens but also impacted on the Commission’s officials and processes. INEC staff, both regular and ad hoc were victims of violence.

“Some of our staff were abducted, harassed, intimidated, hospitalized and in one case killed

“We are keeping our eyes on those areas and would not hesitate to remobilize where the outcome of the election is affected.

INEC said it is “committed to the sanctity of the process and will not hesitate to take drastic measures against proven irregularities.

“Allegations of voter inducement, harassment and manipulation of results will be reviewed and addressed.”