Use Of Federal Might Against Opposition Threat To 2015 Election – Report

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A security threat assessment report has revealed that alleged use of federal might in crushing opposition may be the greatest threat to the successful conduct of the 2015 general election.

The report presented yesterday by the CLEEN Foundation titled ‘Fourth Security Threat Assessment: Towards 2015 Elections (April- June2014)’ also identified proliferation of terrorist cell camps into new areas as another major factor against the election.

Executive director of the CLEEN Foundation, Kemi Okenyodo who presented the report yesterday while delivering her opening remark said the crucial factor to address for INEC to deliver on the 2015 election is insecurity.

“As we get closer to the 2015 general election, Nigerians have high expectations and huge concerns. As a country and as a people we are tired of elections that are marred with fraud, massive rigging violence and insecurity.

“The crucial factor that needs to be addressed in order for INEC to deliver on the 2015 election is security”.

The report listed seven factors as key risk factors in the forthcoming election: The proliferation of terrorists camps into new areas, inter-ethnic conflicts, alleged use of federal might to crush opposition, increasing activities of armed groups, and inability of electorate to obtain permanent voter card. Others are inadequate logistics for security agencies on election duties and corruptive use of money during electioneering.

The report also enumerated nine key factors to mitigate the negative factors. The factors include INEC engaging in inter-agency consultative committee, increased engagement among key institutions, tracking violence hotspots and settlement of inter-ethnic disputes, dealing with ranging violence in southern Kaduna and intensifying effort to end Boko Haram insurgency.

Others are proper funding for INEC, proper funding of security agencies and massive and sustained voter peace and general civic education.

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