INEC receives files of electoral offenders

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received files of 120 cases from the police for the prosecution of electoral offenders during from the 2015 polls and subsequent ones.

Sixty one of the cases had already been successfully prosecuted by the police.

INEC chairman, Professor Mohammed Yakubu, made this known while receiving top officials of the Inspector General of Police special investigation panel on the last December 10 re-run polls in Rivers state.

Yakubu explained that the biggest of the electoral offences was the disruption of the April 2016 polls in Minjubir local government area of Kano state.

He said, “We have cooperated with the security agencies particularly the police in prosecuting electoral offenders.

“Since 2015 general elections and the rerun elections in 2016, we have received 120 case files from the police for prosecution.

“I am happy to say that we have so far recorded 61 successful prosecutions as a result of the cooperation with the security agencies.

“The biggest one came after the disruption of the April 2016 rerun elections in Kano state, in a constituency in Minjibir local government area.

“In the election, over 40 offenders were successfully prosecuted in a joint effort between the commission and the security agency. The highest number of prosecution the commission has ever achieved.”

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