Contrary to the position of President Muhammadu Buhari that ballot box snatchers will be shot to death on the day of election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC said anyone found guilty of such act will be dealt with base on the law of the land.
Buhari, who is the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress had at a meeting with the
APC leaders , on Monday , said anyone who snatched ballot boxes would pay for it with his life , adding that he had given orders to security agents to be ruthless with such people.
He had said, “I am going to warn
anybody who thinks he has enough
influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs, snatch ballot boxes or to disturb the voting system , he will do it at the expense of his own life.”
However, the INEC Chairman , Prof .
Mahmood Yakubu , said at a press
conference in Abuja on Tuesday, that the commission would stand by the Electoral Act which “ states that persons who snatch election materials are liable to a prison term of two years or maximum fine of N 500, 000.”
INEC chairman said , “The position of the commission is that all violators of the Electoral Act should be punished according to the provisions of the Act.”