Insecurity, thuggery, social media – INEC lists threats to 2023 presidential election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has identified some key threats to the General elections in 2023, Ejes Gist Newspaper reports.
The commission chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, revealed the information at an event hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Washington, D.C.
Insecurity, thuggery, and fake news on social media have been identified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as key dangers to the general elections.
Regarding the worries prior to the poll, he stated;
“Are there any worries regarding the general election in 2023? The last person to say there are no worries is myself.
The first issue is the ongoing problem of insecurity in many sections of the nation, which is exacerbated by the customary problems of thuggery during elections planned by some of the political actors.
“I say it is a recurring problem because, at its core, it is nothing new. However, the level of insecurity is concerning in that it was previously isolated or limited to the northeastern region of the country.
However, it is now more pervasive, and we are keeping a close check on the northwest and southeast regions of the nation in particular.
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“Elections are managed by people. We are concerned about the safety of our elected officials, voters, and the supplies that will be used.
We cannot conduct elections without them. The security authorities have promised us that things will become better before the elections in our conversations with them.So, cross your fingers.
Those who are in charge of maintaining security have promised to do so in order for us to hold elections. Elections must be held, and that is our obligation.
“Social media has acted as a positive force. Censorship is not endorsed by the commission. Increased transparency and openness, in our opinion, are the antidote to fake news, and we have been exhibiting greater transparency and openness.
The social media is crucial for educating voters and strengthening democracy, but it also has the potential to distort the truth by spreading false information that casts doubt on the honesty of public servants or aims to discredit the Commission and the election process before, during, or after the election.
Publication of fabricated election results could incite violence. What we have done is deepen our relationships and cooperation, especially with structured social media, he said.
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