The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in an apparent response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to security agencies to kill ballot box snatchers during the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections says that electoral offenders should be dealt with according to the provisions of the Electoral Act.
“The position of the commission is that all violators of the Electoral Act should be punished according to the provisions of the Electoral Act,” INEC noted.
Buhari had on Monday while speaking at the All Progressives Congress National Caucus meeting following the postponement of the elections, said that anyone who snatches ballot boxes would pay with his life.
“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,” Buhari said.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of INEC, however noted at a press conference in Abuja that the position of the commission would always be according to the Electoral Act which state that persons who snatch election materials are liable to a prison term of two years or maximum fine of N500, 000.”