We have nothing to hide – INEC chairman

We have nothing to hide – INEC chairman. The chairman of INEC Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said the agency has nothing to hide as it concerns the conduct of the 2023 General Elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Yakubu stated this at the Post Election Review of the 2023 General Elections with Media Stakeholders in Lagos.

Yakubu said there were many positive things that came out of the 2023 elections despite the many challenges.

The chairman admitted that despite the challenges during the last elections, there would be continuous improvement by the commission in conducting elections nationwide.

“This is an opportunity for the media executives in their various organisations to tell us what they have seen and how we can continue to improve the electoral process in the future.

‘” The commission has nothing to hide and it is this type of interaction that we continuously improve on the process for future elections.

“Clearly, there are many positives coming from the general elections and at the same time, we admit that there are many challenges in the last election.

“There are several election litigations at the various elections tribunals nationwide while we should be careful not to touch on issues that are clearly subjudice.”

Yakubu said INEC invited media executives that operate at the state, local governments and community levels that had covered the elections and interacted with Nigerians in their local languages.

He stated that, in addition to what it conducted in Abuja the previous week, the commission will listen to CEOs about what the media had to say about the elections at the local and community levels.

According to him, it is through these interactions and discussions with the media that the commission can widen the scope of consultations on the elections.

Yakubu noted that as part of the review, the commission would like to know what obstacles the media faced during the elections, from the accreditation procedure to access to polling stations and collation centres.He said it would also want to get appraisals on the security arrangements and advise for improvement, going forward.

Yakubu said that the commission may approach the National Assembly to amend the law to accommodate Nigerians that were unable to vote, because of the nature of their jobs.

“For instance, there are many Nigerians that did not have the opportunity to vote on election day simply because our laws say that you can only vote where you are registered.

“So most of the journalists on the election day worked in places other than where they are registered so they didn’t have the opportunity to vote.

“This doesn’t apply only to journalists, it also applies to officials of INEC itself; the regular and ad-hoc officials, including the security agencies.

“So through this kind of interaction, we get recommendations coming from stakeholders and see in what area we are going to approach the National Assembly to amend the laws.”

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