INEC Bans Recs From Visiting Government Houses
Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who announced the ban on Thursday at the swearing-in of 19 newly appointed RECs stated that “all matters pertaining to official responsibilities should be conducted in the office attended by the relevant staff and properly documented.
“You owe nothing to any individual but owe everything to the Nigerian people. We must continue to ensure that the choices they make on election day prevail. It is their decision. We are only administering the process in trust supported by technology.”
The INEC re-stated that the only means of voter accreditation during the 2023 general election is the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) while results would be uploaded to the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV) in real-time on election day as provided by law.
He added that over the years 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 INEC Chairman urged the RECs to settle down quickly and familiarise themselves with the demands of their new responsibilities, and to be committed “to free, fair, credible, transparent and verifiable elections.
“In discharging your responsibilities, you must at all times be transparent and non-partisan while remaining firm and courageous,” he added.