Youth Corper Calls For INEC Chairman’s Resignation Over Alleged Electoral Malpractices.
Ashimom Msuguhter, a member of the National Youth Service Corps, who also served as an ad hoc officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, discredited Saturday’s election in his unit in Nasarawa State.
Msuguhter, who describes himself as “NYSC Doctor at Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia, Nasarawa State,” said the card readers could authenticate only 15 people out of 900 registered voters in the polling unit, while all others voted without being accredited.
In a Facebook post, the corps member said he was forced to give ballot papers to people who printed the papers for a particular party.
He said he regretted working for INEC because his life was endangered. “This is the last time I would do this bullsh** INEC ad-hoc nonsense,” Msuguhter said. “I was almost thoroughly beaten when I disenfranchised myself on behalf of ad-hoc staff. I was cowed to submit most ballot papers for mass thumb printing. “well, I filled out the form and I hope that the result will be cancelled. “I’m just angry with everything, especially for first place involvement.
Actually, nobody forced me. “first, in subsequent elections, this card reader rubbish should be quashed. The whole goal was defeated. “of approximately 900 registered voters in my unit, only 15 could authenticate the card reader.
The rest had to accredit manually, which opened up more room for rigging. Very sad! “While calling for the resignation of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the corps member said Saturday’s election was not as good as the 2015 election, which Prof. Attahiru Jega supervised.
He said rural areas are known for rigging, and Nigeria’s democracy has continued to be undermined. “Prof. Mahmood must resign immediately after this election and apologize to Nigerians,” the corps member said. The extra week he got proved nothing else. In fact, he’s much more coveted at Jega’s INEC.
“from 11am, we hadn’t seen any materials, people were already agitated, thinking we were compromised… they began to threaten to come down on us… fortunately, we escaped. “because we reported late in the polling unit, we had to extend the voting time until around 7.30pm.
“when it was dark, these people asked for the remaining ballot papers, which is the polling unit’s tradition of not returning ballot papers to INEC… the atmosphere became very tense before we knew it.
“the short thing is we allowed them to fulfill their wishes, but I pray that the result will be cancelled. “the fact is that in rural areas, most of the rigging is done. There’s no electoral law, everything goes… Party agents vote for people and you don’t dare to talk. “if we have to overcome this plague, we have to penetrate the grassroots.” I’m happy I came back safely.