More than four months after the conclusion of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano State has yet to prosecute any electoral offender.
‘’Section 150 of the Electoral Act (2010) empowers INEC to prosecute any person, who violates the provisions of the Electoral Act.’’
Despite the provisions, vis-à-vis the number of irregularities recorded during the last elections, the suspected offenders are still moving about, without any restraint.
Over 1,000 suspected electoral offenders, including a top politician were arrested for ballot snatching, voter inducement and electoral violence in the state.
The President of the Coalition for Civil Society Organisations in Kano, Ibrahim Waiya, lamented that relevant authorities were paying lip service to the prosecution of the electoral offenders.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abdullahi Kiyawa, disclosed that the Kano State Police Command had concluded investigations into cases of electoral offenders arrested during the 2019 general elections and had forwarded its findings to INEC headquarters in the state for prompt action.
He said, ‘’During the elections, we arrested numerous electoral offenders involved in different electoral offences. We have compiled their list and forwarded copies of our case file to the Kano Police Command and the other to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
“Also, those arrested are on administrative bail. Any moment from now, INEC will commence the process of prosecuting them.’’
When our Correspondent visited Kano INEC office, the Head of Information and Voters Education Department, Garba Muhammed, confirmed that the commission had received the document from the police, noting that the prosecution would commence shortly.
‘’It is the responsibility of the police to arrest electoral offenders during elections. The police had since forwarded the names of those arrested, whom we will prosecute. We are waiting for them to produce exhibits before the commencement of prosecution of the offenders.”