Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended 205 staff over various unwholesome roles in the 2015 general elections.
Its Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in his keynote address at a National Colloquium organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) yesterday in Abuja.
He said the interdiction, recommended by INEC’s Appointments, Promotion and Discipline Committee (APDC) was the highest so far.
Yakubu said constructive criticisms from the public had helped the Commission to get better in delivering its mandate vis-a-vis conducting credible elections.
According to him, the Commission’s electoral officers were already in the field working towards the success of the 2019 elections.
“We have to put the right people in place as electoral officers and assistant electoral officers for the 2019 general elections.
“The credibility of an election depends on the credibility of the election manager; the credulity of the election manger depends on the credibility of the staff.
“The APDC recommended the interdiction of 205 staff found culpable in various roles they played arising from the 2015 general elections – this is the highest number of interdictions since the history of the Commission.
“We have within the some of the most patriotic staff in the country; but anybody found wanting will be dealt with accordingly.” (Premium Times)