INEC Makes Big Move in Lieu of 2023 General Election, Ban REC…
INEC Bans RECs From Visiting Government Houses
All of the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are not permitted to enter government buildings.
The commission further stated that RECs should not meet with politicians informally, especially beyond regular business hours.
At the swearing-in of 19 newly constituted RECs on Thursday, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, announced the ban and said that “all matters pertaining to official responsibilities should be conducted in the office attended by the relevant staff and properly documented.”
Your best defence against mischief is this. Do not give the impression of partisanship or undermine the commission’s impartiality.
“You owe the Nigerian people everything; you owe no one else anything. We must keep working to make sure the decisions people make on election day are accepted.
They will decide. We are simply using technology to administer the procedure with confidence.
Prof. Yakubu noted that only Nigerian votes will select winners in the general elections of 2023 and declared that the commission’s loyalty and allegiance were to Nigeria and Nigerians.
The results will be uploaded in real-time on election day to the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV), as required by law, and the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) will be the only method of voter accreditation for the general election of 2023.
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He claims that although the commission is aware of how difficult the task at hand will be, it is confident that INEC will not let Nigerians down or stray from the path of honour and honesty.
The commission “has worked tirelessly to reform the electoral process and introduce many innovations that are generally acknowledged to have improved the electoral process,” the speaker continued.
14 of the RECs, according to Prof. Yakubu, have just been appointed, while five have been reappointed for a second and final term.
The chairman of INEC advised the RECs to become accustomed to their new roles as quickly as possible and to be committed to “free, fair, credible, transparent, and verifiable elections.”
“You must always be transparent and non-partisan while remaining firm and courageous in carrying out your responsibilities,” he continued.
He instructed them to cooperate with the employees reporting to them and to follow the rules set forth by the legislation as well as other laws and instructions.
“In addition, you will communicate with different stakeholders. You should maintain the established practice of consultation with them.
“However, in dealing with the general public, you should be guided by the provisions of the commission’s code of conduct,” Prof. Yakubu stated.
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