Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has charged the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and Administrative Secretaries to refrain from being distracted by partisan comments or drawn into needless controversies.
The Commission also mandated the RECs and Administrative Secretaries across the country to stand firm in the sight of the law with a view to delivering free, fair and credible elections to Nigerians.
Chairman of the Commission, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu who gave the injunction on Tuesday when he met with the Recs in Abuja also charged the RECs to remain on the side of Nigerians who deserve nothing less than free and fair election.
He also urged the RECs to focus on the task of serving Nigeria conscientiously, transparently, commitedly, doggedly and always in accordance with the law, adding that their responsibility to Nigerians must never be compromised.
“You should not be distracted especially by partisan comments from anybody . As the 2019 general elections draw closer, there will be attempt to draw the commission to needless controversies. You must not descend to the arena, remain focused on the task of serving Nigeria conscientiously, transparently, commitedly, doggedly and always in accordance with the law. Our responsibility to Nigerians must never be compromised.”
Yakubu stated that in furtherance to conducting free and credible elections in 2019, the commission had organised two retreats in Uyo and Lagos adding that his meeting with the RECs would move from planning to the implementation, especially, as the general elections near.
He reiterated that the RECs are responsible for the implementation of the policies and programmes of INEC in the states pointing out that their role as RECs is pivotal while calling for synergy between the headquarters and the states in terms of policy and practice