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Nigerian political system does not allow transparent elections – CAN Chairman

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Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
calendar-icon Posted on: 2021-04-08 13:08:31

The chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State chapter, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, has lamented that the Nigerian political system has been distorted for reasons unknown to Nigerian People, making it impossible for the country to have a transparent general election.
He observed that some people have deliberately been short-changed in giving the privilege to exercise their franchise to elect leaders of their choice.
Speaking when the INEC Acting Resident Electoral officer, Kaduna State, Alhaji Mohammed Awwal Mashi paid him a visit in office in Kaduna, Rev. Hayab, noted that some Nigerian People have been denied the rights to vote candidates of their choice due to lack of voters cards.
He added that some who have the voters Cards are also denied the right to cast their votes due to shortage of polling units in different parts of the country.
He assured, “We are ready to work hand in hand with INEC towards ensuring that Nigerian People have the necessary materials and equal polling units to be able to exercise their civic responsibilities to electing leaders of their choice.”
The state chairman expressed the hope that there would be a new way of doing things in the country by INEC so that justice will be the watchword and in the end, the people’s candidates will emerge at different levels of governance.
He noted that what is lacking in the country is consistency and sincerity for the progress and development of the Nigerian project.
Earlier, the Acting Resident Electoral officer in the state said he was in the CAN office to solicit support and full participation of stakeholders in ensuring that Nigerian People are carried along in its activities before the 2023 general elections.
He assured that the voters’ registration exercise would soon commence nationwide, soliciting the assistance of CAN and other stakeholders to be fully involved in sensitizing Nigerian People.
The Acting Resident Electoral Officer also explained that the commission was taking steps to increase the 119,973 polling units across the country in view of the increase of registered voters in the country.

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