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Trouble for INEC Staff Who Violated Electoral Act During Presidential Polls as Chairman Announces Punishment



The leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has banned all staff found negligent in the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections from partaking in the March 11 governorship and state House of Assemblies elections.

Daily Trust reports that the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, while having a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja on Saturday, March 4, disclosed this.

Yakubu said the commission and its officials including the ad-hoc staff must work hard to ensure that the challenges faced during the past presidential and National Assembly elections are overcome.

His words:

“As we approach the governorship and state assembly elections, we must work harder to overcome the challenges experienced in the last election. Nothing else will be acceptable to Nigerians.

“All staff found to be negligent, whether they are regular or ad hoc officials, including collation and returning officers (ROs), must not be involved in forthcoming elections.

“RECs must also immediately initiate disciplinary action where prima facie evidence of wrongdoing has been established.”
Yakubu also said that the meeting with the RECs is the third in less than two months and that like the last two meetings.

In addition, Yakubu said the aim of the meeting was to discuss the conduct of the 2023 General Elections, arising from the presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, February 25.

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He noted that there will also be a discussion on the forthcoming March 11, governorship and state assembly elections.

While commending the effort put in by Nigerians, staff of the commission and other stakeholders, the INEC said lessons have been learnt.

He also said that the immediate concern of the commission is how the identified challenges can be addressed as the nation approach the concluding phase of the general election.

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