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Attacks on our offices may compromise 2023 elections – INEC Chairman

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu has highlighted the effect of attacking its offices ahead of the 2023 general election.

Yakubu warned that the series of attacks on INEC’s facilities may compromise the 2023 general elections if not checked.

He issued the warning while addressing the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee Investigating the Attacks on Offices and Facilities of INEC in Abuja yesterday.

The INEC Chairman stressed that while the Commission was determined to continue with preparations for the elections, the persistent attacks on its facilities constitute a serious threat.

Yakubu, however, vowed that INEC would continue its preparation for the 2023 general elections despite attacks on its facilities.

According to Yakubu: “However, should such attacks continue at the pace at which they are happening at the moment, the Commission may find it increasingly difficult to recover in good time for the election.

“If it is about stopping the attacks, yes we can recover, but if the attacks continue, it would be very difficult for the Commission to recover.

“The attacks have far-reaching implications on preparation for the general elections. First, the facilities that are destroyed, especially offices, would take time to rebuild.”

Lately, hoodlums have attacked INEC offices in States like Imo, Enugu, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Ogun, Lagos, Ondo, and Bayelsa States.

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