25 March 2021 by James Itodo…
The Senate has urged the Federal Government to ensure safety of electoral officials, security personnels and election materials during elections.
This followed the adoption of a motion on “Election Violence in Ekiti and Need for Restraint.”
sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi of Ekiti State .
Senator Olujimi in her motion said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed the bye election for the Ekiti East Constituency I seat for March 20, following the death of Mr .Juwa Adegbuyi of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the State House of Assembly.
She said the bye election which was going on peacefully was suddenly disrupted at noon when hoodlums invaded the polling centres to snatch ballot boxes.
She said no fewer than three persons were feared dead with many others injured in the Ekiti East Local Government of the State during the election.
She said no election was worth the blood of any Nigerian as democracy gives people the right to make choices through their votes.
The Senate also urged the Inspector General of Police to order an investigation of the violence to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
It also urged the National Assembly to accelerate passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill currently before it to forestall election violence and establishment of Electoral Offences Commission to handle issues relating to Electoral Offences.