- INEC is prosecuting three lecturers over electoral malpractices
- The REC in Akwa Ibom, Mike Igini, made this known on Tuesday, September 15
- Igini said the lecturers would be arraigned in court shortly
In its efforts to put an end to manipulation, rigging and other electoral malpractices, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is prosecuting three university lecturers who allegedly manipulated results from the 2019 elections in Akwa Ibom state.
TheCable reports that this was disclosed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, on Tuesday, September 15, while briefing journalists in Uyo, the state capital.
Legit.ng gathered that the REC said the lecturers, who are in the rank of doctors and professors and worked as collation and returning officers during the election, would be arraigned in court shortly.
Igini also said three executive and administrative staff of the commission were dismissed for their actions that completely undermined the electoral process and integrity of the commission.
He said: “The lecturers who were engaged as collation and returning officers during the 2019 general election were reported to have manipulated and falsified election results aimed at producing outcomes contrary to the will of the people as expressed through the ballot.
“Following a formal request by the commission, the authorities of the affected institutions released the lecturers to appear before an investigative panel set up by INEC headquarters on August 12 and 26.
“The panel subsequently established a prima facie documentary evidence of deliberate criminality (and) manipulation of election results against the collation and returning officers. They will be arraigned in court accordingly.
“In any electoral environment, in order to sustain the confidence of the people to vote, sustain and maintain their power in the electoral process as the best means of expressing the will of the people, anybody who faults electoral process must be punished."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the national president Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima, warned political actors in Edo state not to undermine the election.
It was reported that Igini was accused to have been working with some political actors in Edo state with the intention of manipulating the forthcoming election.
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