Senate tasks FG on safety of electoral officials, materials

The Senate has urged the Federal Government to ensure the safety electoral officials and election during elections.

The resolution followed the adoption a motion, ‘Election Violence in Ekiti and Need to Eschew Restraint’, at the plenary on Wednesday.

The motion was sponsored by Sen. Biodun Olujimi (PDP- Ekiti).

Olujimi, in her lead debate, noted the sudden disruption the March 20 for the Ekiti East Constituency 1 seat, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

She recalled that the became necessary following the death of Mr Juwa Adegbuyi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a lawmaker at the state House of Assembly.

She said the , which had peacefully in an orderly manner, was suddenly disrupted at noon when hoodlums invaded the polling centres to snatch ballot boxes.

According to her, no fewer than three persons were feared dead, while many others sustained injuries.

The senator noted that in a democracy, no election was the blood of any .

The , she said, be allowed to make their choices through their votes.

Subsequently, the senate further resolved and urged the Inspector-General of Police (I-G) to order a full scale investigation into the violence to apprehend and prosecute perpetrators of the dastardly act.

The News Agency of (NAN) reports that the senate also called for the accelerated passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, which was before it.

The bill seeks to forestall election violence and establish the Electoral Offences Commission to handle issues relating to electoral offences. (NAN)