The Kaduna State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr. Mahuda Isah, has listed thuggery, fake news, and other negative tendencies as risks to the election ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The REC urged participants to ensure that there is no electoral violence in the upcoming elections during an interactive session with stakeholders in Kaduna.
“Thuggery, vote-buying, drug abuse, and fake news are weapons of mass destruction for both election process and democracy.
“They are a threat to peace and interest, and capable of sabotaging the credibility of the entire election.
“Therefore, stakeholders must join hands with INEC to these issues that are inimical to the success of every elections.
“As major stakeholders in the business of elections, I wish to urge you all that this meeting will increase our capacity and skills to come up with modalities of preventing and or mitigating the escalation of any electoral violence and conflict in the forthcoming 2023 general elections,” he said.
While giving assurances that the Commission is ready to conduct free, fair, credible, inclusive and acceptable elections in 2023, he informed that all eligible and valid registrants could collect their PVCs from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m daily, including Saturdays and Sundays.