We Are Not A Political Party, INEC Rejects Allegations Of Bias By Mod – 9 minutes ago – [ Update ]



Chairman of the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu, with
other officials at a briefing in the early hours of
Saturday, just before the Commission announced
the postponement of the general elections.
Photo: ChannelsTV/ Sodiq Adelakun.
The Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) has rejected allegations of bias levelled
against it in the aftermath of the postponement of
the general elections.
INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu said
this on Wednesday during his briefing about the
preparations for the rescheduled polls.
Amid the criticism and condemnation that had
trailed the decision to delay the elections by a
week, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) separately
accused the commission of bias.
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While the PDP accused INEC of doing the
bidding of the ruling APC, the APC on its part
accused the commission of colluding with the
opposition party.
The allegations, to the INEC boss, rather show
that the commission is getting it right.
“We sometimes get a little concerned if it’s only
one party that is accusing the commission rather
than the other, but if the two parties accuse the
commission equally, it means that obviously
there’s something the commission is doing that
is right,” Professor Yakubu said.
He added, “For some political parties, the major
issue is usually the electoral commission. We
are happy to be criticised but we should not be
seen as another political party. We are not a
political party. The commission has no candidate
in the election.”
Concerning the progress made in preparation for
the elections and in addressing the logistic
challenges the commission blamed for the
setback, the INEC boss explained that the card
reader configuration has been completed.
He also said the movement of sensitive
materials to the local government areas had
already commenced and would be completed on
“Yesterday (Tuesday), I reported 95 per cent
completion of the configuration. I am pleased to
report that we have now achieved 100 per cent
completion of the configuration. We are good to
go on this call,” he said.
Stressing that full progress is being made in
terms of logistics, Professor Yakubu said,
“Already, 10 states – Adamawa, Anambra, Benue,
Ekiti, Jigawa, Katsina, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, and
Taraba – have commenced the movement of
materials to the local governments today. Other
states will do so and conclude tomorrow”.


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