The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised serious security concerns over the November 21 gubernatorial election in Kogi State. Alhaji Hussaini Pai, who is the Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) said this, yesterday, during a dialogue session organised by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) in Abuja.
His words: “INEC is very concerned about security in Kogi State, in view of the recent attack on a DSS facility in the state as well as other flash points.”
He disclosed that the list of volatile areas would be given to security agencies in the state.
The REC identified other challenges that could hamper the conduct of a free, fair and credible election to include the ‘do-or-die’ attitude of politicians and funding.
He dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the commission would not to use of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and card readers for the election.
On his part, the commissioner of police in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the task before his command was to protect the lives and property of voters and the entire residents of the state.
Earlier in his remarks, Clement Nwankwo, the executive director, PLAC, said the purpose of the dialogue session was to examine the current status of INEC’s preparations for the conduct of the November 21, 2015, governorship election in Kogi State.