Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has said it is wrong for the military or Police to shoot at sight during elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the military and Police to be ruthless to individuals or groups that try to snatch ballot boxes.
“Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb, it may be the last unlawful action you will take.”
”I really gave the military and police order to be ruthless,”
“Anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch ballot boxes or disturbs the voting system, will do so at the expense of his own life.”
Yakubu while speaking at a Press Briefing in Abuja on Tuesday said;
“You asked, should ballot box snatchers be shot on sight? The position of the commission is that all violators of electoral act, should be punished according to the provisions of the electoral act.”
The electoral act however says offenders who snatch ballot boxes is liable to 24months imprisonment.
Section 128 of the act adds that “any person who at an election acts or incites others to act in a disorderly manner commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a maximum fine ofN500,000 or imprisonment for a term of 12 months or both.”