Labor instructs INEC, security agencies on free and fair polls – The Sun Nigeria

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By Bimbola Oyesola

Organized yesterday Labor instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to ensure votes count and the process is free of violence in all states.

It has also pledged to mobilize its members against political parties and candidates with anti-working class policies in the 2023 elections.

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“It is useful that the 2022 electoral law allows INEC to fully deploy electronic voting systems for future elections. We hope this will help us achieve transparent elections in 2023. We urge INEC and security agencies to eradicate the threat of vote buying and electoral violence in the 2023 elections. INEC should also Refining the bimodal voter registration system to significantly reduce the use of incidence forms and the disenfranchisement of eligible voters.

Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart Quadri Olaleye said so in a joint speech at the May Day 2022 observance at Eagles Square in Abuja. The theme was “Labour, Politics and the Quest for Good Governance and Development in Nigeria”.

Speaking to government officials led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, the unions said they were facilitate the emergence of a pro-Nigerian progressive labor political coalition. “If your political party is truly progressive and pro-worker, you should talk to us.”

The unions said they would mobilize more than 16 million votes en bloc from Nigerian workers, pensioners, their families and other circles of influence for political parties and candidates who assure them that the dreams of workers and of the Nigerian people would no longer be treated as an addendum or objects of governance. to be trodden under foot.

While urging the federal government to use the five-year review window provided for in the Electricity Sector Privatization Reform Act to abandon and reverse the privatization of the electricity sector, the unions threatened to block government activities in Taraba, Cross River and Zamfara states for non-payment of the national minimum wage.

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In the meantime, the CENI has assured that it will spare no effort to ensure that the elections it organizes continue to be better, freer, fairer, more credible and more inclusive.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu pledged in a message to celebrate Nigerian workers on International Workers Day 2022 yesterday in Abuja.

He said Nigerian workers have contributed immensely and tirelessly to the stability and economic development of the country over the years, despite the myriad of challenges.

He said the commission appreciates the support and understanding it has received and continues to receive from workers as it implements the electoral system reforms.

According to him, they include expanding voter access to polling stations, continued voter registration, deployment of appropriate technology, the conduct of numerous off-cycle elections, by-elections, and ongoing preparations for 2023 general elections.

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