The INEC chairman reads the riot act to election officials
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The INEC chairman reads the riot act to election officials

WITH Roman UgwuAbuja

Next governorship elections outside the electoral cycle in Edo and Ondo states, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has warned that the commission will punish electoral officials involved in unethical voting practices.

Yakubu, who delivered the warning yesterday in his remarks at the annual lecture organized by the Electoral Institute (TEI) in Abuja, said yesterday that those found inappropriate for such acts would be made to face the full brunt of the law.

Yakubu, represented by the Chairman of the Institute, Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, who spoke on the theme: “Achieving Professionalism of Electoral Staff through Effective Training in Preparation for Governorship Elections Beyond Edo and Ondo Cycle”, stressed that the success of any election largely depends on professionalism and competence of the people responsible for carrying it out.

He stressed the importance of ensuring that election staff are knowledgeable, skilled and well-equipped to face the complexities and challenges of the electoral process.

Yakubu argued that the manner in which electoral officers discharge their duties and responsibilities affects the degree of voters’ confidence in the electoral process, affecting their participation and turnout.

“To ensure the credibility and integrity of our elections and to build trust among the electorate, we must prioritize the professional development of our electoral staff.

“Accordingly, the commission has always required all election officials to be punctual, courteous, courteous and helpful at all times. Voters are masters and should be treated equally, decently and with the utmost respect.

“Unethical and corrupt practices by election officials will not be tolerated and will be subject to severe penalties under the law. For these reasons, all election officials should be guided by a high sense of integrity, impartiality, transparency, professionalism, gender and disability sensitivity, and due consideration and support for older people, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and people with disabilities. .

“Effective and efficient election training is key to unlocking professionalism among election staff. The Commission therefore clearly aims to equip its staff, including trainers, with the knowledge, skills and ethical standards necessary to excel in their roles, by investing in comprehensive and interactive training programs as well as exploring possible collaborations with development partners to achieve best practices in electoral training.

“Through training, the commission is able to deepen electoral knowledge and strengthen staff skills and competencies over time, as well as build a pipeline of professional and effective trainers/facilitators who respond to the training needs of commission staff and other election-related stakeholders.”