2012 Gov Poll: Adamawa INEC Begins Voter Education

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Ahead of 2012 governorship election in Adamawa State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has begun the education of voters.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr Kassim Gaidam, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Monday.

Kassim said the voter education was necessary as part of requirements of the Electoral Act.

He explained that continuous voter registration would start on 15 November and would last for seven days after which the register would be displayed for claims and objection.

The REC cautioned against multiple registration, pointing out that those eligible to register this time around were those not captured in the last registration and those who had attained the age of 18 years after the last excercise.

Kassim warned that INEC was fully prepared to check those who would test its ability to update the register.

He said that already some electoral offenders, from the last elections in the state, were facing prosecution while four of them have been convicted.

He called for the support and cooperation of all stakeholders, particularly political parties and politicians, towards a hitch free election.

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Kassim said the people of Adamawa deserved commendation for the way and manner they conducted themselves during the last elections.

“It was generally peaceful and results were received in good faith and that is one reason why in Adamawa State we have one of the least number of petitions before the election tribunal,” Kassim said.

He also pointed out that all the major political parties such as PDP, ACN and CPC won seats in Adamawa State which added to the credibility of the elections in the state.

The REC lamented on what he described as the unfair criticism of INEC by some Nigerians over any problem encountered during elections.

He explained that the commission alone could not deliver without the support of all stakeholders, particularly political parties and politicians.

“There must be internal democracy in the political parties. We must all be guided by our party guidelines, the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Politics should not be a do- or-die affairs. Politicians should show sportsmanship while losers should accept defeat.”

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