A civil Society Organization, CLEEN Foundation has charged security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to ensure that all electoral offenders including security personnel in the just concluded elections in Edo state are duly sanctioned to serve as deterrent to others.
CLEEN Foundation noted that the prosecution of electoral offenders remains a key issue INEC should carry out to reduce the tendency by political thugs to disrupt elections especially as the country prepares for Ondo elections.
The Foundation, in a statement signed by is executive director on Monday, called on security agencies too ensure that those arrested for electoral violence should be properly investigated and handed over to INEC for diligent prosecution.
It also harped the need for the investigation and sanction of security personnel who disrupted the election in some areas in the state in collaboration with desperate politicians, while disclosing security personnel displayed partisanship prominent in some polling units.
The Foundation also urged INEC to ensure sustained improvement in the distribution of election materials in polling units in subsequent elections to enable early commencement of polls, as well as compliance with Covid-19 protocols during the elections by ensuring adequate provisions of temperature thermometer, hand sanitisers and other non-pharmaceutical requirements.
It also said there is a need to sustain the awareness creation and voter’s education amongst communities which INEC carried out in Edo State and the training and retraining of security personnel deployed for election duty on the Covid-19 guidelines produced by the Nigeria Police Force.