Wednesday, 31 December 2014

'INEC Should Revisit RECs Deployment in Benue, Plateau'

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should strive to revisit the deployment of its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Benue and Plateau states so that it would not affect the outcome of next year's elections, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Lumumba Ade has said.

INEC had recently announced the redeployment of all its RECs in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where Kwanga Godwin Mbatsavbee, an indigene of Benue State, was posted to Plateau State and Istifanus Ishaku Dafwang, whose state of origin is Plateau, was posted to Benue State.

But speaking to Daily Trust in Abuja, Ade, a onetime member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State, said there was no way INEC would swap indigenes of the two neighbouring states as RECs and expect the people to accept the decision.

He described the redeployment as "suspicious, unacceptable and unhealthy,"leaving much to be desired among party members in the two states.

Ade urged INEC to clear all misgivings about 2015 polls.

He said: "We're disappointed with this, because there appears to be a swap between the two states. We do not doubt the characters of the RECs, but for fairness, INEC should revisit the redeployment and make amends.

"INEC should do it in the spirit of fairness. They shouldn't leave anybody in doubt as regards 2015 elections. If we want to have free and fair elections, then there is serious need to make corrections. Maybe it's a case of an error somewhere, but we call on them to correct it," he said.

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