INEC promises credible polls
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, yesterday assured Nigerians that 2019 general elections would be free, fair and better than that of 2015.
Yakubu also warned the political parties to play by the rules as campaigns for presidential and National Assembly elections begin on November 18, this year.
The INEC boss, who spoke at the sixth convocation lecture of Oduduwa University, Ile Ife, Osun State, titled: “The challenges and prospect of leadership recruitment for good governance in Nigeria,” said the electoral body’s role is to provide a level playing field for all political parties and ensure electoral process is credible while the onus is on Nigerians to elect their leaders.
However, he said the INEC would make vote-buying practically impossible during the 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, the Commission has said that it is partnering with the police to recover no fewer than 2,045 Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) stolen from its office in Okobo Local Council of Akwa Ibom State.
The National Commissioner supervising Akwa Ibom, Delta and Cross River states, Dr. Mohammed Mustapha Lecky, disclosed this yesterday at the commission’s office in Uyo during a press briefing to mark the completion of his tour of the state.
He said the commission was working with the police to arrest those who carted away the PVCs, promising that the ugly incident would not affect the conduct of elections in the state or the local council.
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