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NGO Calls for Support to Judiciary, Security Agencies in Fighting Stolen Votes

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A Civil Society Organization, Progressives Youth for Anti-Stolen Vote (PYASV) on Thursday stressed the need for Nigerian youths to support the judiciary and security agencies in combating the rampant issue of stolen votes and electoral malpractices that are detrimental to the nation’s development and democracy.

Addressing Journalists at a press briefing, the Chairman of the Group, Comrade Muhammad Muhammad Dawakin Kudu highlighted the urgency of implementing constitutional provisions that would not only remove individuals found guilty of electoral misconduct from office but also impose jail sentences on them.

This, he said would act as a deterrent and help safeguard the development of the country.

He emphasized the prevalence of stolen votes and electoral smuggling in the country for many years, which has undermined the integrity of the electoral process.

He further stressed the crucial role of the judiciary in combating the acts and called for the collective efforts of all progressive Nigerians, particularly the youth, to support ongoing initiatives to address the issues and ensure the credibility of electoral processes.

He noted that while a candidate may be elected and declared the winner, it is the electoral process that ensured the legitimacy of their stay in office.

Comrade Muhammad emphasized the responsibility of the judiciary to hold politicians accountable and ensure compliance with electoral processes to secure credible leadership for good governance.

The organization held that the failure to abide by electoral processes and rules has a detrimental impact on national development and poses a threat to democracy in Nigeria.

Citing an example from Kano State, the Dawakin Kudu referenced a tribunal judgment that invalidated 165,663 votes due to a lack of stamp, signature, and date by the polling clerk, as required by INEC election guidelines.

Consequently according to him, the candidate’s vote count was reduced to 853,939, which was over 30,000 votes fewer than the opponent.

“As a result, the court declared the APC candidate as the winner and directed INEC to withdraw the certificate of return from the other candidate and issue it to the declared winner.” He maintained

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