2023: INEC tasked on deploying technology to curb ballot box snatching
Ahead of next year’s general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged to deploy technology to prevent ballot box snatching. Chairman, Cornfield Group of Companies, Dr. Babatope Agbeyo, made the appeal while speaking on “Insecurity: Tackling the dark cloud over Nigeria’s unity, prosperity ahead of the 2023 general elections,” at this year’s annual lecture and award organised by the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN).
According to Agbeyo, next year’s election would see a surge in enlightened youths’ participation, just as he expressed hopes that the polls would hold as scheduled. “The deployment of technology would make the problem of ballot box snatching during the polls very difficult. The 2023 elections will see a surge in many enlightened Nigerian youths participating fully in the electoral process. The youths want unity and development and election is a process to getting things right, If an elected person keeps to his contract with the voting masses,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IG) Alkali Usman appealed to the masses to collaborate more with security agencies in order to maintain peace in the country. Usman who was represented at the event by the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Zone II, Adeyinka Adeleke, reminded the people that security was a collective responsibility. According to the police chief, Nigerians have left the task of security solely to the government for too long. He added that the only way to effectively secure the nation was for the citizens to play their roles.