July 20, 2018

INEC screens staff to check irregularities in 2015 by FRIDAY OLOKOR

The Independent National Electoral Commission has commenced screening of its electoral officers with a view to checking electoral irregularities in the 2015 general elections.

The commission also stated that it would conduct elections in all parts of the country, despite the security challenges and even in states where there is emergency rule.

The chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, stated these on Monday in Abuja during an interactive session with title Editors and News Directors in Abuja.

He said, “As I speak with you, we are finalizing screening of our electoral officers to ascertain who and who should be retained for the 2015 general elections. In INEC, we have a few bad eggs. Statistically, they are insignificant. Almost the same number of people who conducted the 2007 election which was said to be the worst were the same people who conducted the 2011 election which is the best.

“Many of them were coerced. When we came in 2010, we told them that we won’t break the law and quietly we have retired, removed and dismissed people. We did structural reorganization of INEC. We have restructured INEC, reduced number of Directorates, and put round pegs in round holes. We have confidence that the 2015 general elections will be much better than 2011 despite the challenges.”


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