- INEC has responded to allegations of unfairness levied against it by the PDP
- The electoral commission said that it remains firm in its commitment to ensure credible 2019 general polls
- It further said that since the inauguration of its current leadership in 2015, it has put up many measures to strengthen electioneering in the country
In response to partisan allegations and a vote of no confidence by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s governors’ forum, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reaffirmed its vow to conduct free, fair and credible general elections come 2019, Vanguard reports.
The chief press secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated that ever since the inauguration of the current leadership of the commission in November 2015, several measures has been put in place to strengthen electioneering in the country.
Oyekanmi said: “And in doing so, the Commission has also carried all stakeholders along. Not only that, by putting all cards on the table at all times, INEC has continually demonstrated integrity, transparency and efficiency.”
“The efforts are paying off. Only on August 31, the Commission brought the Continuous Voter Registration CVR to a close after registering a record 14.5million voters in 16 months.
“The Commission has also conducted about 190 different types of elections, including Six governorship elections, none of which has been overturned.
"From the feedback we are getting from Nigerians, they are appreciative of our efforts and our pledge is that we will deliver a free, fair and credible 2019 General Elections.”
The PDP governors’ forum had Monday, September 10, in its review of political affairs in the country, stated that “INEC needs to reinvent itself as a truly independent umpire of the electoral process in the country. For now, we have no confidence in INEC.
The commission has conducted itself as a tool of the APC-led federal government, especially with the roles of the Chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, and a National Commissioner, Mrs. Amina Zakari."
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that the chairman of the INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, had reportedly hinted that the body might be forced to suspend the 2019 general election following threats to violence by some politicians in the country.
NAIJ.com gathered that Yakubu stated this in reaction to some disturbing videos of political campaigns in the social media in which some politicians are seen threatening to shed blood.
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