Election: INEC partners EFCC, ICPC to stop cash campaigns in Kogi, Bayelsa
From Atiku Sarki, Abuja
As governorship election of Kogi and Bayelsa is fast approaching come 16th November, 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is collaborating with the Economic Financial Crimes Commission and Independent Corrupt Practices (and other offences) Commission (ICPC) to keep their eyes on the movement of cash during the campaigns and on election day.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this at the quarterly meeting with media organizations in Abuja.
He said the main purpose of the meeting was to brief the media on the Commission’s preparation for the two elections which will be combined with two more elections by court order.
According to him, all non-sensitive materials for the elections have been delivered to both Bayelsa and Kogi States and have been appropriately batched in line with the Commission’s plan.
He said that training of ad-hoc staff has also been intensive and concluded in the two states while his Commission has also prepared soft copies of the training manual to allow easy post-training revision by different categories of election duty officials.
Given the volatile nature of polities and elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States, the INEC Chairman explained that his Commission has decided to engage with stakeholders early and continuously.
In addition to several focused engagements, he said, the Commission had major stakeholder meetings in the two states and is planning another engagement with them in Yenagoa on the 7th of November and in Lokoja on the 11th of November, 2019.
“Our objective is to speak early and continuously with stakeholders and to hear from them what the additional steps we need to take in order to ensure peaceful campaign, election day activities, collation of results and declaration of results,” he further explained
The Chairman while commending the media for the role they have been playing in reporting the activities of the Commission most especially during the last general election where over 2,128 journalists from both domestic and foreign outfits, were deployed by the Commission to cover the elections, also assured that the Commission will again accredit the media organizations to report from the two states.