- INEC has been asked to regain public confidence and trust of Nigerians ahead of February 23 elections
- According to an international election observer group, the commission has to work within the newly stipulated timelines, to deliver credible, free and fair elections
- The group urged INEC to take advantage of the postponement to review its logistics deployment management
The Democrat Union of Africa (DUA), an international election observer group has tasked the INEC to regain public confidence and trust of Nigerians, following the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group made this known on Sunday, February 17, in a statement signed by Hon. Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, leader of its delegation to Nigeria.
The group urged INEC to “Ensure that it raises public confidence and trust in its operations. It has to work within the newly stipulated timelines, to deliver credible, free and fair elections.
''The group urged INEC to take advantage of the postponement to review its logistics deployment management. It also urged that all logistics that were sent earlier to polling stations were not tampered with.
“INEC should ensure that CSOs, political parties and other stakeholders are kept updated regularly on its operations and broaden its consultative approach with the stakeholders.”
The group, however, urged stakeholders to remain calm and collaborate with INEC, calling for successful elections on Feb.23.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, confirmed Senator Mohammed Musa, a senatorial candidate in Niger state, as a registered contractor of the commission.
Yakubu confirmed this on Saturday, February 16, the day the presidential election was supposed to hold but was postponed.
Yakubu, at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, admitted that the Musa, a candidate for Niger East senatorial district, was a registered contractor with the electoral umpire.
“Yes, I am aware. That company has been working with the commission since 2011. “I assure you that we have a strict system. No electoral officer will be compromised. The integrity of the process is protected,” Yakubu reportedly said when he was asked by a former aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, who stood in for the PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus.
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