Re-run election:DSS cautions electorate on need to shun violence

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has called on the electorate and political parties in the February 3, 2024 re-run and bye-elections, to be of good conduct during and after the exercises in the affected States.

DSS spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunaya, in a statement on Friday, said the DSS has tasked “the contending parties to shun all acts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order. Also, politicians and their supporters must strive to adhere to the electoral act and procedure.”

The DSS also called on “citizens to be patriotic and loyal to the Nigerian nation. Public commentators, social critics and key players in the public space should consider the peace of the country over and above their personal or group interests.

“Similarly, the media, civil society and community based organisations are encouraged to shun divisive tendencies and fake narratives likely to undermine national order. It is unarguable that it is only if there is a livable country that individuals, groups or corporate bodies can pursue and realise their legitimate businesses and ambitions. The Service, therefore, advises those engaging in subversive endeavours or desirous of doing so to desist from such; consequently, it will not hesitate to bring defaulters, no matter how highly placed, to face the full weight of the law.”

Dr Afunaya also said: “the Service, in the discharge of its mandate, will work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), other sister security and law enforcement agencies and indeed all stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free election. Additionally, it will continue to implement proactive measures to achieve the desired stability in the country.”

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