The Independent National Electoral Commission has presented register of voters to 23 political parties ahead of the November 16 Kogi governorship poll. The Commission’s National Commissioner in charge of Kogi, Kwara and Nasarawa states, Mohammed Haruna, presented the register to the parties at a brief ceremony in Lokoja on Monday.
Haruna urged them to cooperate with INEC in its bid to ensure free, fair, credible, conclusive and acceptable election. He also urged them to ensure issues-based campaigns and refrain from violence and hate speech. The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. James Apam, reminded the parties of the need to submit the list of their agents on October 17. He also advised them not to spread fake news about each other, shun violence and hate speech during the campaigns.
According to Apam, the register of voters has been optimised to guarantee credible governorship election on November 16. Nineteen out of the 23 political parties fielding candidates for the election were present at the event. The remaining four were not represented.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the register showed that 1,646,350 were registered as voters in the state as at August 31, 2019.