INEC reveals why borders are closed during elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has disclosed the main reason for the closure of nation’s border during elections.

INEC’s Head of Voter Education and Publicity in Plateau State, Mr. Osareti Imahiyereobo while delivering his goodwill message at a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Search for Common Ground, a non-governmental organization revealed that lack of trust among Nigerians was the main reason why borders are closed down during the elections.

“The closure of all our borders has greatly affected the economic growth of the nation, as all businesses are also always on standstill till after elections.

“This very action is mainly due to the lack of trust among us Nigerians and which is not good for us as a nation, given its negative effects on our economy because businesses are always closed down.

“In some other nations like Zambia, borders and business premises are left open while some sensitive materials like ballot papers are always sent out to voters week before elections and their elections were not affected in any way.

“But that kind of trust and understanding can’t happen here because we as Nigerians do not trust ourselves, ’’ he said.

Juliet Ekwebelam

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