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INEC Inducts New RECs, Recommits to Credible, Inclusive Elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has assured that it remains committed to the ideals of transparent, credible and inclusive elections in Nigeria.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu gave the assurance on Monday, at the Induction Retreat organised in collaboration with the Development Associates Inc(DAI) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for ten new Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs, in Lagos.

Prof. Yakubu said the retreat was not just about induction of new appointees but to review performance, reappraise processes, discuss innovations, engage service providers, interface with lawmakers on critical areas of reform and explore new frontiers in the Commission ‘s continuous effort to improve organisational capacity for better service delivery.

According to the Electoral Umpire, the retreat was held against the background of the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo State in the next 81 days and Ondo State in the 137 days.

He charged the new RECs to focus on acquainting themselves with the processes and procedures of the Commission, urging them to always bear in mind that the cardinal objective of the retreat was improved service delivery.

“For the veterans, we should leverage on our privileged field experience to contribute on how to mitigate recurring challenges in the areas of pre-election and post-election litigations, operational issues especially in the area of logistics, improvement on voter education processes, issues of strategic communication and combating fake news, misinformation and disinformation as well as inclusivity in the electoral process, voter registration, allotting voters to polling units, the role of technology from pre-election activities to Election Day processes, political party issues mainly arising from leadership crisis and the management of party primaries, the recruitment and training of election duty officials, election security and our own code of conduct.

“In a well organised retreat such as this one, there is always something new to learn. Upon reflection, there is also new experience to share with colleagues. However, always bear in mind that the cardinal objective is improved service delivery”, he asserted.

Speaking on forthcoming elections, the INEC boss posited that the reality of the “work in INEC is that there is no election season in Nigeria at all. Elections are held all-year round in addition to numerous electoral activities such as voter registration.

“There are five pending bye-elections for Babura/Garki Federal Constituency of Jigawa State and four State constituencies: Khana II of Rivers State, Bagwai/Shanono of Kano State, Zaria Kewaye of Kaduna State and Ganye of Adamawa State. These outstanding bye-elections bring the total of such elections to 14 since the inauguration of the national and state assemblies in June.

“There are four major elections before the next General Election in 2027. The Anambra State Governorship election next year will be followed in 2026 by the Ekiti and Osun State Governorship elections and, I must remind you in case you forget, the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Therefore, as we think, reflect and innovate for credible elections, we are also instantly implementing the reforms and innovations that we can introduce by administrative action. Since election is a process governed by law, we also plan to intensify our engagement with the National Assembly for activities that require legal reform”.

This is the 5th retreat organised by the Commission in the last two years.

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