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INEC denies alleged plot to rig elections, warns mischief makers

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JEGA-INECTHE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has alerted the nation to what it described as sinister attempts to create unnecessary controversies aimed at discrediting the commission through dissemination of falsehood, and vowed to do everything, including taking legal actions, to protect its members from malicious allegations.

Raising the alarm in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the commission noted with dismay a front page advertorial by a ‘faceless group’ in some national newspapers on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, alleging a plot by the Chairman of the commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to rig the planned general elections.

The group, according to the commission, cited the constitution of a presidential election result collation committee by INEC chairman as the basis for its allegation that a plot to rig the election has been hatched.

“INEC would not have bothered to respond to such patently cynical and malicious allegation, but for the fact that the elections are days away and otherwise respectable national newspapers have lent themselves to be used as platforms to disseminate such falsehood.

“Any misinformation, – even as baseless as in this particular case – unless corrected could mislead innocent or undiscerning members of the public and cause unnecessary apprehension about the credibility of the electoral process.

“The commission affirms that the allegation to manipulate or rig the election is completely false and baseless. The chairman of the commission as the chief electoral commissioner of Nigeria and the returning officer of the presidential election, has statutory and legal powers to constitute administrative committee(s) to facilitate the performance of his duties.

“The constitution of an in-house committee to assist in the collation process after the presidential election is purely an administrative arrangement to assist the chairman.

“Members of the committee are officials of the commission. They work as professionals and non-partisan technocrats and have sworn to the oath of neutrality in the execution of their official duties. They are drawn from the operations, ICT and Legal departments of the commission as well as the office of the chairman. This arrangement is not new and was the same as during the 2011 general elections.

“INEC condemns these sinister and unpatriotic attempts to create unnecessary controversies aimed at discrediting the Commission through dissemination of falsehood,” the statement said.

The commission yesterday assured Nigerians of its commitment and resoluteness to conduct free, fair and credible elections, adding that it “will not hesitate to institute legal action, where necessary, to protect its members from malicious and libelous allegations.”



4 Comments
  • agbobu

    OVER THIS IS THE TRUE POSITIONS OF THE PARTIES IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IF THE ELECTION IS HELD TODAY

    THE APC TICKET OF BUHARI/OSINBAJO WILL CARRY

    SOKOTO

    KATSINA

    YOBE

    BORNO

    KANO

    ZAMFARA

    KEBBI

    KADUNA

    BAUCHI

    GOMBE

    ADAMAWA

    NIGER

    KWARA

    OYO

    OSUN

    OGUN

    LAGOS

    NASARAWA

    TARABA

    THE PDP TICKET OF JONATHAN/SAMBO WILL CARRY

    EBONYI

    ANAMBRA

    DELTA

    BAYELSA

    AKWA IBOM

    ABIA

    CROSS RIVER

    THE STATES THAT CAN GO TO ANY OF THE TWO PARTIES ARE

    FTC

    KOGI

    EKITI

    ONDO

    EDO

    ENUGU

    IMO

    RIVERS

    BENUE.

    IF YOU FACTOR IN ALL OF THESE BUHARI/OSINBAJO WILL WIN THE THIS ELECTION IF THE ELECTION IS HELD TODAY.

    • Ripple Effect

      You are all over the map posting rubbish. How much is the handout given to you?

    • Toby

      No if it were held in 1983.

  • machoword

    Those in doubt are receiving themselves anyways they won’t be shocked they have bn told.