Authorities of the All Progressives Congress, APC have advised electorates not to heed to the order of the Inspector-General of Police which stated that they should go home after casting their votes on the d-day of Nigeria’s general elections scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015.
This was disclosed through the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed via a statement made in Lagos on Friday, March 20, 2015.
The party said the electorate should rather listen to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who said the electoral law does not state anywhere that voters cannot or should not wait to watch and ensure that their votes are counted.
The party said, ”According to Jega, who appeared on Channels TV on Friday morning, the electoral law says anyone that has no business with the electoral process at the polling booths but desires to monitor events should stay at least some metres away from the polling agents and completely away from the ballot box after casting their votes.
”The INEC Chairman further clarified that all registered voters have businesses with the process and can therefore not be classified as people that don’t have businesses at polling units.
”Therefore, the IGP has no constitutional right or powers under the constitution or Police Act to rewrite the electoral law. The role of the police is to maintain law and order or such other assistance as may be sought from the police by INEC.”