Ondo Decides 2020: SING Nigeria Condemns Rising Cases Of Violence In Ondo State
SING Nigeria has called on all security agencies to step up their vigilance and establish a more robust network to help track violence in Ondo state elections and ensure that all potential threats are taken care of as the State has a long line history of electoral violence.
In a statement signed by Programme Manager SING Nigeria Comrade Okpanachi Jacob said hence the need for adequate sensitization in thefew days left before elections.
“Ondo election is just days away and the atmosphere in the state have become tensed with all forms of violent attacks in campaigns. It becomes bothersome that instead of presenting tenable manifestoes, policies on reforms needed and even positions on critical issues to the people, campaigns have been turned into a ground for show of force by various contestants which have clearly affected the perceptible index of voters’ turnout negatively.”
On the other, Money politics deserves a beaming of searchlight as it is gradually creeping to centre stage of our electioneering. More so that various forms of inducements vis-a-vis buying and selling of votes; thus SING Nigeria’s End Money Politics campaign seeks to address this issue by engaging critical stakeholders.
It is however, imperative at this point to advice that electorates shun all electoral vices that might mar the integrity of the process. It is hence a testing ground for a paradigm shift in Ondo State as it has a history of electoral violence.
Politicians should also coordinate their campaigns in manners that conform with international best practices devoid of violence, hate speeches, threats to life and all other negative engagements that will spur unwanted actions.
Conclusively, government should provide an enabling environment for the voters to cast their votes and to ensure an actual independence of INEC without any form of interference in the process.