18th March, 2011
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa State, Kassim Gaidam, yesterday in Yola, said that two men had been convicted for multiple registration in the state.
Gaidam told newsmen that the Chief Magistrate’s Court 1, Yola convicted Salmanu Adamu and Mohammed Sanusi, who were arrested by men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Feb. 3.
He said that the two men were tried at the Magistrate’s Court for contravening Section 24 (1) a, b, c, of the Electoral Act 2010 and sentenced to two months in prison each.
The REC also said that 9,770 people were found to have registered more than once in the state, adding that the list was being screened to determine its genuineness or otherwise.
He gave the assurance that those who were found to have flouted the law would be charged to court.
â€œWe have come to understand that some of those whose names appeared twice were borne-out of mistakes. Like somebody whose finger print was not captured in the first place and he was made to return later.
â€œWe also have a situation where the same person wearing different clothes and using different names, and this is a good case of multiple registration.
â€œWe will fish out such people any moment from now or when they come to vote and charge them to court,â€ Gaidam said.
He called for the support of the public toward ensuring a hitch free election in April.