We Will Not Issue Certificate Of Return Under Duress, INEC Vows

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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.

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