Elec­toral bod­ies should be sub­jected to pub­lic scru­tiny, says INEC boss

Kebbi re­ceives four pe­ti­tions on pri­mary polls

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Lawrence Njoku (Enugu) and Ah­madu Babay Idris (Birnin Kebbi)

NA­TIONAL Chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), Prof. Mah­mood Yakubu, has stressed the need for elec­tion man­age­ment bod­ies to be sub­jected to pub­lic scru­tiny, en­sure trans­parency and build pub­lic con­fi­dence in the con­duct of elec­tions. Yakubu, who spoke dur­ing a one-day INEC-CIVIL So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions (CSOS) di­a­logue or­gan­ised by the Euro­pean Cen­tre for Elec­toral Sup­port (ECES) in Enugu, said this had be­come nec­es­sary since elec­tions are funded and con­ducted with pub­lic funds.

The INEC boss, rep­re­sented by the Na­tional Com­mis­sioner, Mr. Fes­tus Okoye, stated that sub­ject­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the elec­toral bod­ies to pub­lic scru­tiny would fur­ther en­hance their per­for­mance and ex­pose them to chal­lenges of man­ag­ing the sec­tor.

He as­serted that the com­mis­sion was poised to con­duct free and fair elec­tions next year for the sus­te­nance of democ­racy and strives to be one of the best elec­tion man­age­ment bod­ies in the world that meets the as­pi­ra­tions of the Nige­rian peo­ple.

“We would want the Civil So­ci­ety groups to use this won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­ro­gate and prof­fer so­lu­tions on a wide num­ber of is­sues, such as vote-buy­ing, in­ter­nal party democ­racy, and more es­pe­cially gen­der in­clu­sive­ness and Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties (PWDS) rep­re­sen­ta­tion which have con­sis­tently re­mained low in spite of the ef­forts of the Com­mis­sion and other stake­hold­ers. In do­ing this, you will be adding value to the sys­tem and also pro­tect the col­lec­tive in­ter­est of the peo­ple you rep­re­sent,” he said.

Mean­while, Kebbi State In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (KSIEC) yes­ter­day said it had re­ceived four pe­ti­tions on the just-con­cluded pri­mary elec­tions across the state.

Ad­dress­ing news­men yes­ter­day at the INEC of­fice head­quar­ter Birnin Kebbi,

The Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner, Ah­mad Bello Mah­mud, who dis­closed this to news­men at the INEC of­fice in Birnin Kebbi, said the pe­ti­tions were from the Na­tional As­sem­bly as­pi­rants. Bello, who said the com­mis­sion also re­ceived 178,928 per­ma­nent voter cards from Abuja, urged the elec­torate to go to their polling units and col­lect their cards.

PHOTO: SUN­DAY AKINLOLU

Man­ag­ing Con­sul­tant, Ped­abo, Al­bert Folorun­sho ( left); Man­ag­ing Part­ner, Ajibade Fashina and Part­ner, Kil­lian Khanoba, dur­ing a press brief­ing to mark Ped­abo’s 20th an­niver­sary in La­gos… yes­ter­day.

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