The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked Nigerian voters to ignore the order by the Inspector-General of Police that they should go home after casting their ballots during the forthcoming elections.
According to a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party urged the electorate to 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.
“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 statement read.
“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,” the APC said.