- A pro-democracy group has accused INEC of incompetence and violation of federal character principle
- The group, Coalition for Clean Polls (CCP) said INEC is filled with officials who have political leanings
- The group also said INEC as presently constituted cannot guarantee free and fair elections
A pro-democracy group, Coalition for Clean Polls (CCP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of incompetence and violation of the federal character principle.
The group also said that the electoral umpire has within its fold, people with political leanings contrary to its avowed neutrality and unbias posture.
A statement signed by the publicity secretary of the CCP, Daniel Onche and sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, February 19, said INEC as presently constituted cannot guarantee free and fair elections given the fact that some of its staff now romance politicians.
Onche said: “As we speak, the minister of aviation has put a lie to their bad weather claim. So, their excuses were untenable. It's sheer incompetence on the part of INEC, and nothing else.
“Then, how can a commission that violates the federal character principle function very well when it is out to satisfy certain interests and not the national interest.
“Also, in the high-level cadre of INEC staff, particularly the director cadre, 85% are from the southeast while 75% of them are from Anambra specifically.
“For deputy director cadre, 80% are from southeast while 75% are from Anambra state in particular. This is a constitutional breach that must be addressed immediately.”
On the issue of INEC staff romancing politicians, the group cited the case of the director of egal services at the commission, who they say is an alleged informant of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, saying there was the need for the electoral umpire to purge itself of bad eggs.
“The commission must look inward and do a soul searching in order for it to be more effective, trustworthy and competent at all times,” the group added.
Meanwhile, the Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned INEC against compromising its integrity and neutrality in the execution of its assignment, especially in the deployment of ad-hoc staffers in the state, during the rescheduled 2019 general elections.
The warning was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng, on Monday, February 18, by the Kwara APC chairman, Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa.
The chairman said the party has received information that those being posted across the state as Electoral Officers (EOs) and Technical Staff were nominated and trained by the PDP.
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