Political parties and candidates have been urged to sensitize their members against electoral violence in order to pave way for free, fair and credible election in the upcoming polls.
Speaking ahead of the 2019 general election, some Uyo residents who blamed the desperation of politicians on recurring violence during elections, urged the Federal Government to ensure that the upcoming elections are conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and charged the nation’s electoral body to keep to its promise of conducting free, fair and transparent polls.
On his part, an election observer and member of the National Democratic Institute, Fred Etukakpan while speaking with Planet News described the 2019 election as crucial in the history of the country, adding that early warning signs have shown that some violent acts might be experienced in parts of the country.
According to him, all relevant stakeholders including security agencies must ensure they play their part well and check acts of thuggery, which often occur during elections.
Presidential and National Assembly elections are due to hold on February 16, while governorship and state houses of assembly polls are scheduled for March 2.