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INEC Disagrees With Buhari ‘Snatch And Die’ Statement

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it does not agree with the statement of President Muhammadu Buhari that ballot box snatchers should be killed during the elections.

It will be recalled that Buhari had at a meeting with the APC leaders, on Monday, had ordered the security agencies to kill anyone who snatched ballot boxes.

He said, “I am going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs, snatch ballot boxes or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”

However, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, that the commission would stand by the Electoral Act which “states that persons who snatch election materials are liable to a prison term of two years or maximum fine of N500, 000.”

Responding to Buhari’s comment, the INEC chairman said, “The position of the commission is that all violators of the Electoral Act should be punished according to the provisions of the Electoral Act.”

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