Our electoral process must be safeguarded from manipulation, says Igini

By obp001 • 2 weeks ago • 1997 views • 526 comments

Mr. Mike Igini is the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Akwa Ibom State. In this interview, he spoke about the importance of the innovations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), whereby election results from polling units could be accessed by stakeholders in real-time as they are announced at the polling units. He spoke to SEYE OLUMIDE.

INEC recently dismissed some staff and is set to arraign some university lecturers for Electoral offences, with many Nigerians commending this initiative. Will it be sustained and what is the thrust behind the new impetus by the commission to bring election offenders to book?

If you recall very well, the chairman of the commission Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, has often called for the implementation of the recommendations of the Uwais Election Reforms Committee regarding the need for an effective mechanism to ensure enforcement of consequences for electoral offenders. We have always advocated that as a commission. In respect of our dismissed staff and those to be arraigned in court, let me say this, if the ballot must remain the best means of expression of the will of the people in a democracy, the electoral process must be safeguarded from manipulation and the only sure pathway to do this is to enforce deterrent measures and punishment for those who commit electoral offences.

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