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INEC Chiarman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is building a functional electoral system ahead of 2019 general election.

Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known during the opening of a two-day strategic workshop to review the implementation of the INEC’s strategic plan for 2012-2016.

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The chairman said the workshop was part of the commission’s strategic plan toward successful general election in 2019 and beyond.

“The objective of this workshop is to retrospect and project in two days, and come up with better ideas and solutions.

To strengthen electoral process

“We need to re-strategise for the 2019 general election and beyond to come up with practical solutions on how to strengthen the electoral process.

“This we will do based on the policies of fairness, transparency, credibility and impartiality,” the INEC chief said.

He further said there was need to reflect on the constitutional and legally-defined responsibilities of the commission.

According to him, these include the standard principle, processes and regulations for election management in the country.

Unprofessional conduct

Yakubu also spoke on the issue of misdemeanor on the part of some INEC officials. He said such conduct would not go unpunished when brought to the attention of the commission.

He also remarked that the commission had administrative processes already in place to tackle unprofessional conduct by any official.

The INEC chief said over 102 cases of arrest made by the police during the Rivers re-run, Edo and Ondo gubernatorial elections were currently in court.

Yakubu said that 62 among those arrested have been prosecuted and sentenced.