Over the years, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had always been on the course of conducting a free and fair election in Nigeria, despite the irregularities that would come up at last.
Also, the introduction of Card reader for accreditation and to authenticate eligible voters before casting their votes had helped the commission thus far; though the monkey’s hand remains in the soup. Hilarious right?
Former Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega; with his enormous experience in the country’s electoral system has advised that the Commission should take note of the electoral officials/election officers to be used for the 2019 general elections.
Prof. Jega revealed that ‘corrupt politicians’ usually make moves to bribe, especially, Lecturers, Students and Corps members involved in election duties.
According to him; “In 2011, the Transition Monitoring Group, a network of the CSOs and professional groups working on elections, mobilised and deployed thousands of volunteers for elections observation and gathering data for parallel results tabulation.
However, it is worrisome that some corrupt politicians are beginning to find creative ways to compromise youth corps members and some students involved in election duties.
Similarly, as the use of academic staff as collation and returning officers has become predictable, corrupt politicians are increasingly snooping around university campuses and INEC offices, especially over governorship elections.
They are also inducing lecturers with money in the hope of compromising their role in result collation and tabulation.
So far, there is no evidence that they have succeeded, but the tendency is increasing and it is of great concern.”
The Ex-INEC Chairman made the statement in a briefing titled: ‘Prospects and Challenges of Involving Volunteers in Nigeria’s Electoral Process,’ on Thursday January 25, 2018.