By; VICTOR DAZANG, Kaduna
Director of Information at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi has said that the organization will not issue Certificates of Return under duress.
He made the disclosure today Friday in an interview. He buttress that it is illegal when a Returning Officer is subjected to threat at gunpoint or knifepoint to declare any party’s candidate winner
“A return is made when a Returning Officer is satisfied that a candidate has met the requirements of law. It is a voluntary act of the Returning, Officer.
” You cannot point a gun at a Returning Office’s head and say sign this,he signs it and then say I have been declared winner. That is illegality, it is not his act.
“We can only issue a certificate by law when we are satisfied that the Returning Officer of his own free will has made a declaration having satisfied himself or herself that the candidate that was returned has satisfied the requirements of the law”, he said.