ECOWAS to support INEC in 2019 elections


Delegations of United Nations and ECOWAS have commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for supporting the recently signed “not too young to run bill” by the federal government.


Leader of the delegations and the Chairman of ECOWAS, Muhammad Ibn Chambers disclosed this when the team visited the Corporate Headquarters of the Commission in Abuja.


According to Ibn Chambers, the delegation was at the Commission to make enquiries on possible areas where they can render assistance to the Commission.


He added that Nigeria being a lead nation, the international communities are ready to support the Commission in ensuring a free, fair and credible election.


Contributing, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, General Francis Benhanzin said the delegation had earlier met with the hierarchy of the police force, the armed forces and the civil society all in its effort to support a free, fair and credible election in Nigeria.


In his response, Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmud Yakub reminded the visiting team that with a hundred and nine days and still counting towards 2019 general election, the Commission had earlier in January 2018 rolled out 14 items in its Election Project Plan to include setting up an Election Project Centre for monitoring all election activities, introducing for the first time continued voter registration, conducting elections in Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states  respectively, alongside bye-elections in some constituencies across the country.


Represented by a National Commissioner, Doctor Mustapha Lekki, Professor Yakub informed the visiting delegation that the Commission has also gone further to introduce robust programmes that will take care of people living with disabilities and the internally displaced persons.

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