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We won’t pander to partisan politics in 2023, INEC assures Nigerians

THE Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday, promised that the electoral body would not pander to any partisan whims and caprices in the 2023 elections.

Yakubu, who was confident that the new technological innovations introduced by the commission would protect the sanctity of choice made by Nigerians, however, pledged that INEC would do its duties with the highest sense of responsibility and integrity.

He also urged the political parties and their candidates to carefully study the 2022 Electoral Act as amended and avoid fouling the provisions thereof as the campaigns have begun.

“We shall not pander to any partisan whims and caprices. We pledge to discharge our duties with the highest sense of responsibility and integrity,” said Yakubu at the 6th conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers in Lagos.

While cautioning against fake news and information, the INEC chair called on members of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) to help contain the spread of such fake news as it is injurious to the nation and the conduct of the general election.

“I wish to restate once again, the commitment of INEC to credible elections. Votes will continue to count and will be the sole determinant of electoral outcome.
“For this reason, the Commission has introduced many new innovations, supported by the deployment of appropriate technology, to protect the sanctity of the choice made by Nigerians at the polls, ranging from voter registration to voter accreditation and result management.

“The deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) with its dual fingerprint and facial biometric accreditation process, has ensured that only genuine voters are accredited to vote during election.

“This has curtailed the incidence of multiple voting and other sharp practices associated with voter accreditation during elections. The BVAS has come to stay and will be the only means by which voters will be accredited in the 2023 general election,” he declared.

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