The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended 205 officials over various unwholesome roles in the 2015 general elections.
INEC’s Chairman Prof. Mahmud Yakubu made this known yesterday in his keynote address at a national colloquium organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) in Abuja.
He said the interdiction, recommended by INEC’s Appointments, Promotion and Discipline Committee (APDC), was the highest so far.
Mahmud said constructive criticisms from the public had helped the commission to get better in delivering its mandate vis-a-vis conducting credible elections.
Mahmud said that the commission had conducted elections in 179 constituencies so far, adding that only five had been challenged in court, which attested to the credibility of the elections.
He said at present, INEC had received over 100 additional applications for new political parties, while nine had met the criteria.
The INEC chairman gave an assurance that the 2019 elections would be better than that of 2015.
Yakubu said the determination to make outcomes of elections credible informed the engagement of tested and trusted members of the academic community as collation officers.
Revealing that an additional seven million Nigerians have registered through the window provided by the Continuous Voters Registration Programme, he reiterated the electoral body’s stand that there was no legal encumbrance stopping the commission from proceeding with the sequence of election as entrenched in the existing electoral law.