INEC has no option than to conduct credible polls-Balewa’s grandson

The Independent National Electoral Commission has no option than to conduct free, fair and credible general elections if it does not want to plunge the country into wanton violence.
This was the view of Billy of one of the grandsons of the late Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafewa Balewa, who stated that the repercussion of any poorly conducted general elections would be too much to handle by the African continent.
“They don’t have any other option, Nigerians are watching them. Mind you, ballot snatching is no longer the issue, we have passed that. Also, so many electoral malpractices are no longer the threat but vote buying.
“However, people are now wiser because if you try that in some places you may go away alive. Now, people are willing to protect the sanctity of their vote. They will not allow anybody to either use money or inducement to change their direction.
“I do agree that the INEC has no choice but to conduct free, fair and credible election because the international community is watching us.
“I have observed elections in Africa and I know the repercussion and poorly conducted elections. Certain things must be done right whether we like it or not. We must conform to the international best practices on how things are being done.
“We must allow free and fair election. That is the one way the country can remain one. The consequences of violence likely to arise from the non-credible elections will be too much. Even the dislocations of individuals will be too much handle by African countries”, he said.

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