The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it does not agree with President Muhammadu Buhari’s order that ballot-box snatchers should be killed during elections.
Buhari had on Monday said he had ordered security agencies to be ruthless with anyone who snatched ballot boxes or foments trouble during the polls on Saturday, February 23..
“I am going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs, snatch ballot boxes or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life,” the Nigerian leader said at a caucus meeting of the ruling APC.
However, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, that the commission would stand by the Electoral Act which “states that persons who snatch election materials are liable to a prison term of two years or a maximum fine of N500,000.”
Responding to Buhari’s comment, the INEC chairman said, “The position of the commission is that all violators of the Electoral Act should be punished according to the provisions of the Electoral Act.”