The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned its employees in opposition to complicity with politicians or their brokers to subvert the electoral course of forward of subsequent yr’s basic elections.Chairman of the INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who gave the warning on the swearing-in of the brand new Secretary to the Fee, Mrs. Rose Oriaran-Anthony, yesterday, in Abuja, mentioned all officers of the fee should stay impartial within the discharge of their duties.He harassed: “As we strategy subsequent yr’s basic elections, the fee will take note of the conduct of our officers from the headquarters to the states and native authorities areas.
“We is not going to tolerate the complicity of employees with political actors or their brokers to subvert the electoral course of. All officers of the Fee should stay impartial within the discharge of their duties and dedicated to defending the sanctity of the method.”Yakubu added that the Fee had been inundated by purposes from a number of teams inside the nation requesting to be accredited as observers for the elections, together with help teams of candidates contesting within the elections, a improvement he mentioned was “unacceptable,” as observers are impartial teams solely within the course of and never brokers of political events, candidates or marketing campaign organisations.
He acknowledged: “The aim of accrediting observers for elections is a noble one meant to extend the transparency and openness of the method. The studies of observers additionally function a helpful suggestions mechanism for strengthening our processes and procedures.
“It’s, due to this fact, counter-productive for such an vital course of to change into an all-comers enterprise.“Going ahead, the Fee has revised the rules for the accreditation of observers. organisations are required to use to the Fee. Particulars can be revealed this weekend and early subsequent week in nationwide newspapers and on the Fee’s web site.
“We will critically scrutinise all purposes from organisations fascinated with election commentary and solely people who meet the rigorous standards can be accredited.” The INEC boss congratulated Oriaran-Anthony on her appointment in simply 56 days to the final elections, saying the Fee has confidence in her capacity to deliver her desk and area experiences to bear on her new accountability.
In her remarks, Oriaran-Anthony counseled the Fee for contemplating her worthy to function secretary and pledged to discharge her new responsibility with all sense of accountability to enhance service supply for Nigerians.“Working with my colleagues of their numerous capacities, we hope to bequeath a workforce that’s skilled, progressive, non-partisan and constant; workforce that can work smarter and higher motivated to ship service to our spectrum of stakeholders,” she added.