Bayelsa, Kogi Guber: INEC Cautions Against Inciting Comments

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Abuja – The Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC) has appealed to political gladiators in the November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States to be wary of making inciting statements capable of stoking violence and creating fears among voters during the campaigns.

Barrister Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education made the appeal Wednesday in Abuja while declaring readiness of the commission this coming Monday to officially publish voters register for the coming polls in Kogi and Bayelsa states, and hand same over to parties sponsoring candidates in the election.

A total of 45 political parties will take part in the governorship election in Bayelsa State while 23 will contest in Kogi State.

According to Okoye, the publication of the voters’ register, which is a constitutional requirement, is scheduled to hold at the INEC Offices in Yenagoa and Lokoja, and is to be supervised by the Supervising National Commissioners and assisted by the Resident Electoral Commissioners of the respective States.

The commission also reminded the political parties that the last day for the submission of names of polling agents for the coming poll remains November 2nd while the campaign closes on the 14th.

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Source: independent.ng