Gombe Christians, Muslims Sign Pact to Ensure Violence-free Elections

By: Segun Awofadeji As part of the preparations for the forthcoming general election, the two major religions in Nigeria have signed a pact for peace in agreement for violent-free elections. The action, which is geared towards averting any possibility of outbreak of crisis, was seen in the past elections in 2011. The pact was signed at a forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for stakeholders in the state on Thursday.   The State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Kassim Gaidam, said the forum was organised to equip the electorate with all information and guidelines on the electoral process as well as interact with stakeholders on the level of preparedness for telections with a view to ensuring success, peaceful, and acceptable elections. He disclosed that the commission had already put every necessary equipment in place in preparation to the conduct of the elections. He added that the commission had already distributed about 967,000 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in the state, out of the total figure of 1,141000,200 PVCs. He said there were over 50,000 unclaimed PVCs with about 19,000 multiple registrations, adding that the commission was committed to ensuring  successful elections by ensuring justice and fairness and strict adherence to the electoral acts and guideline of the commission. The INEC REC however, called on the people of the state to come out en masse and vote for candidates of their choice, and ensure that all hands are put on deck to ensure the success of the elections. Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo commended INEC’s effort in ensuring successful elections in the state and called on the people, particularly politicians to be law abiding and adhere to the provisions of the Electoral Act in order to ensure success of the elections. The state Commissioner of Police Abdullahi Kudu Nma, on his part cautioned residents to desist from all forms of violence. He said the police command would not tolerate any form of violence during and after elections. CREDIT: www.thisdaylive.com

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