From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concerns over the lingering energy crisis in the country, warning that it is capable of disrupting the 2023 general election.

INEC’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, raised the alarm during commission’s meeting with the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW) on Tuesday in Abuja.

He however revealed that the commission intends to meet with relevant stakeholders like the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited to find solution of ameliorating the situation.

“The commission shares your concerns about the fuel situation in the country and the impact on transportation on the election day, the truth us that our arrangements will be negatively affected by the non-availability of the product.

“For this reason, the commission will meet with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited to see how we can ameliorate the situation.

“I wish to assure Nigerians that we will continue to engage every relevant national institution for the success of the 2023 general election,” the electoral umpire boss noted.

He also warned the transport union not to abandon ad-hoc staff, especially members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) that will be deployed for the exercise.

Yakubu however assured of adequate protections from the security agencies during the election.