Stakeholders have charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the Nov.11 Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi governorship election is free, fair and credible.
They stated this at a stakeholders meeting convened by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Abuja on the forthcoming election.
Speaking at the event, Sen. Sharafadeen Alli, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Electoral Matters, advised security agencies to review their operational mechanisms to ensure that their personnel remain unbiased in their duties during the poll.
“It is only commitment from both security officials and the citizens that can guarantee an improvement in the electoral system.
“The National Assembly has commenced its oversight with the engagement of INEC in connection with the preparedness towards the off-cycle elections in the respective states,” he asserted.
Alli advised eligible voters not to allow themselves to be used by desperate politicians for electoral manipulations because such manipulations could disrupt the entire electoral process.
He said that the voice of citizens had become louder when it involved electoral matters, saying that the conduct of the people was important.