SOCIAL GROUP CONDEMNS USE OF SOLDIERS IN ELECTIONS

Written by on March 7, 2019

The protest against military’s involvement in elections continued yesterday with a group in Abuja under the aegis of Save Democracy Women (SDW) cautioning against further deployment of soldiers for polls.
On Tuesday, a pro-democracy group known as Impact Future Nigeria (IFN) staged a peaceful protest in Abuja over the militarisation of the 2019 general elections.
The Convener of IFN, May Uneku, said that the protest was part of efforts to ensure that the governorship and houses of assembly polls slated for March 9 are not militarised.
The SDW members, numbering over 100, who protested at the headquarters of the INEC in Maitama, Abuja yesterday, also cautioned the commission against postponing the polls.
Uneku, who insisted that the police remained the lead agency for election security, urged the army to steer clear of polling units, adding that the low voter turnout in some parts of the country during the 23rd February election was attributed to high presence of military personnel.


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