Kaduna Campaign Attacks: INEC expresses concern over violent campaigns, summons emergency meeting

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday expressed concerns over the spate of violence at the electioneering campaign.

INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, raised concerns yesterday, at the ‘Training of Master trainers on technologies for the 2023 General Elections‘, which was held in Abuja.

This came barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign was attacked by suspected thugs in Kaduna State. The Commission said it would summon the leaders of political parties participating in the 2023 general election over the potential threat of violence next week.

Describing the development as worrisome, Yakubu cautioned parties and their supporters to focus on issues and steer clear of attacks on each other. He noted that the violent acts were not only violations of the Electoral Act 2022, but also negated the voluntary commitment by all political parties and candidates to the letter and spirit of the Peace Accord.

The INEC chairman stressed the need to build the capacity of the staff that would be engaged for the 2023 poll on use of the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and other relevant technologies. He added that the Commission’s plan for the 2023 general election was to commence the training of election officials early and for a longer period of time for optimal understanding of the processes and procedures in order to serve Nigerians better.

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