The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday reassured Nigerians that it and its supporters are loyal to Nigerians in the 2023 general elections, warning staff not to compromise.
IEC Chairman Professor Mahmud Yakubu made this assertion at the opening of a two-day orientation retreat for the IEC Administrative Secretaries in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the retreat is being organized by the United Nations Development Programme.
In his opening remarks, Yakubu, who was represented by Sam Olumkon, National Commissioner for the Election and Party Monitoring Commission (EPMC), said the withdrawal was part of the IEC’s preparation for the 2023 general elections.
According to him, over the past 23 years since the return of democratic rule, the commission has recorded steady progress as the nation’s elections improve and citizens’ confidence in the process increases.
“Let me reiterate once again that the commission’s loyalty is to Nigeria. Our loyalty is to Nigerians who want free, fair, credible and verifiable elections.
“In this regard, I want to warn all members of the committee to be impartial and professional in their behavior during the upcoming elections,” Yakubu said.
Since the 2011 general election, he said, drawing on new knowledge and experience gathered from conducting previous elections, enhancing election integrity and improving voter experience through innovations, planning and technology has guided the IEC in many elections.
“As a result, our elections have become better, and the electoral results are less controversial and less tense,” he added.
2023: The head of the Independent National Electoral Commission insists on loyalty to Nigeria, warns staff