INEC spent over N100m on Dino’s re­call – Prof. Yakubu

Weekly Trust - - News - Muideen Olaniyi

The Chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), Prof. Mah­mood Yakubu, says the com­mis­sion spent a lit­tle over N100 mil­lion on the failed re­call process of the se­na­tor rep­re­sent­ing Kogi West Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict, Dino Me­laye.

Prof. Yakubu spoke yes­ter­day fol­low­ing re­ports that the com­mis­sion spent N100­bil­lion on the process at a press con­fer­ence to brief Nige­ri­ans on the re­port of a com­mit­tee set to probe al­leged un­der­age vot­ing in the re­cent Kano State lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion.

Prof. Yakubuc said the re­port of the com­mit­tee which was re­vealed yes­ter­day re­vealed that KSIEC did not use the INEC voter regis­ter to ac­credit vot­ers be­fore the Kano elec­tion.

He said since the vot­ers’ reg­is­ters were not in use in most polling units the com­mis­sion was not re­spon­si­ble for the al­leged un­der aged vot­ing, stress­ing that INEC had not been linked with the pres­ence of un­der­age reg­is­trants on the regis­ter.

The INEC chair­man said the com­mis­sion’s in­volve­ment in the said elec­tion was only limited to its le­gal re­quire­ment of pro­vid­ing the vot­ers’ regis­ter.

He, how­ever, re­stated that the com­mit­tee’s as­sign­ment did not cover the gen­eral con­duct of the elec­tion, adding that INEC had no le­gal author­ity to in­ves­ti­gate the Kano SIEC.

Prof Yakubu, who said that the Kano in­ci­dent had pro­vided the com­mis­sion an op­por­tu­nity to take an­other look at the regis­ter, par­tic­u­larly through re­moval of in­el­i­gi­ble reg­is­trants, en­joined Nige­ri­ans to work with INEC to make the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions the best ever.

Stat­ing that the com­mis­sion had added only 432, 233 new reg­is­trants to the vot­ers’ regis­ter un­der the present man­age­ment, he added that the elec­toral body had recorded 3, 981,502 vot­ers since the com­mence­ment of the con­tin­u­ous vot­ers reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise in 2017. He said they would soon be added to the na­tional regis­ter.

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