The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ondo State says it has discovered that a political party is compiling a fake voters’ register in the state.
INEC’s Head of Public Affairs in the state, Celina Beckley, said the commission deliberately withheld the name of the political party in order not to heat up the polity.
Mrs. Beckley said in a statement in Akure on Tuesday that the exercise is illegal and contravenes the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
She warned the political party involved to desist from such act, adding that security operatives had been alerted to deal with anyone or group of people caught.
“Our attention has been drawn to an on-going house-to-house compilation of particulars of voters being carried out by a political party in Ondo State.
“INEC hereby states that this exercise is illegal and contravenes the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
“Political parties and their members are warned forthwith to desist from this activity.
“INEC will not condone any act that contravenes the nation’s electoral law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The security agencies are on high alert and anyone caught carrying out this exercise will be dealt with accordingly,” she said.
She urged residents not to trade with their voter cards, but keep them safe for presentation at their polling unit during the governorship election.
In a related development, the police in the state have advised political parties to restrain their members from acts of violence.
A statement by the spokesman of the state command, Aremu Adeniran, said the police had been inundated with allegations of violent attacks by thugs.
The police also warned politicians in the state against actions that could provoke violent reactions from other parties.
“No political party should paste posters on already pasted ones by the opposition party to avoid clash of interest that can lead to breach of public peace.
“The command is determined to ensure law and order and will deal decisively with anyone caught in such unwholesome act.
“Officers and men of this command have been directed to arrest whoever that is caught in this act,” Mr. Adeniran said.
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