INEC Sets Up Panel To Review Rivers Polls

Wike Says Illegal Printing of INEC Materials Must Be Investigated, Election Materials, Election MaterialsThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to cooperate with the special joint investigative panel set up by the Inspector General of Police on the violence that almost marred re-run election in Rivers State.

At a meeting with members of the panel, the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said the Commission had also set up an administrative panel to review the re-run election.

The chairman recalled past collaboration with the police that led to the prosecution of 40 electoral offenders.

The chairman of the special investigative panel, Dan Okoro, told reporters that the work of the panel was going smoothly.

INEC To Prosecute Corrupt Officials

Earlier, INEC had said it would not hesitate to prosecute any of its staff guilty of corrupt practices.

INEC said it was studying an investigative report submitted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that some officials collected money from politicians during elections.

The Commission’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Wole Osaze-Uzzi, told Channels Television that indicted staff might face criminal prosecution while others would face disciplinary action.

Buhari Swears In New INEC Commissioners

buhari3Nigeria’s┬áPresident, Muhammadu Buhari, has sworn in new national commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), at the presidential villa, Abuja.

During the exercise, he also restated the commitment of his administration to sustaining democracy in the country.

This, he seeks to achieve by giving every Nigerian the opportunity to elect people of their choice as leaders.

The president then challenged the new INEC commissioners to remain upright and ensure their integrity and that of the commission is not compromised.

Every Vote Counts

Meanwhile, INEC Chairman, Mr Yakubu Mahmood, has vowed to ensure that votes of the people of Rivers state count, in the December 10, Rivers re-run polls.

Mahmoud, said this shortly after the swearing of the new INEC national commissioners.

He also dismissed the allegation of bias that has been leveled against the commission, insisting the commission would not be distracted by anyone.

The INEC boss added that the commission is satisfied with the preparations so far, ahead of the polls.