The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) has called for a credible electoral process that will reflect the democratic will of the people, as voters in Kogi West Senatorial District and Ajaokuta Federal Constituency of Kogi state votes tomorrow.
In a statement signed by the Executive Director, Idayat Hassan the supplementary election is an opportunity for the electoral stakeholders,to address the many flaws that maimed the November 16 election.
Hassan stated that it is now on all electoral stakeholders, especially INEC and security agencies, to redeem themselves from the violence, voter intimidation and brazen electoral fraud, which characterised the November 16 polls in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
“ the polls of November 16 were seriously tainted by a myriad of electoral malpractices, which fundamentally undermined the integrity of the process and outcomes in Kogi and Bayelsa State.
“We equally restate our call to political actors to play by the rules, and refrain from sponsoring thugs to disrupt the process and cause harm to voters and poll officials,” she said.
The Director calls on the respective agencies to proactively curb the menace of vote-buying, which she said will be rife in this supplementary election.
According to her “CDD hopes the security agencies, which failed to protect voters and poll officials the last time out, have taken due note of the local and international condemnation which greeted their abysmal performance on November 16, and are ready to make amends.”
She went further to call on eligible voters to come out to vote for a candidate of their choice, while calling on the electoral umpire to ensure voters who come out to exercise their franchise are not let down by logistic lapses.
The Kogi West Senatorial district supplementary elections are to be conducted in 53 Polling units across seven local governments with 45,767 Registered Voters. As a result of Court Judgement, INEC will also hold elections in 22 Polling Units with 15,438 Registered Voters in Ajaokuta Federal.