The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday revealed that sixteen electoral offenders in seven states are been prosecuted for their activities during the 2019 general election.
The electoral body further stated that it is also prosecuting two cases emanated from the Bayelsa State governorship election held on November 16, 2019.
The electoral offences were apprehended during the 2019 election in Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Gombe, Kogi, Lagos and Niger states.
INEC believes that crimes ranged from snatching and destruction of election materials, disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of ballot papers and Permanent Voters’ Cards to vote-buying at polling units on election day.
However, the electoral offenders that are facing trial in Bayelsa relate to snatching and destruction of electoral materials.
He said, “In the understanding that impunity encourages perpetrators of election offences, the commission is vigorously prosecuting offenders.”
“So far, 16 case files arising out of the 2019 General Elections have been provided by the Police (the lead agency for electoral security) on the conclusion of investigations. The cases are in Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Gombe, Kogi, Lagos and Niger states, ranging from snatching and destruction of election materials, disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of ballot papers and PVCs to canvassing for votes at polling units on election day.”
“Besides, two cases emanating from the Bayelsa Governorship election and relating to snatching and destruction of electoral materials are also being prosecuted.”