INEC Fine Tuning Its Processes, Says Prof. Yakubu
He said the commission would not be distracted by the wrangling between the Presidency and National Assembly.
INEC boss, Yakubu however said, the commission is fine-tuning its processes and procedures to ensure it delivered a good election next year.
He spoke at a national peace conference on 2019 general elections organised by Youngstar Development Initiative with support from the National Democratic Initiative.
The INEC chairman, who was represented by National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee Festus Okoye, urged registered political parties, their candidates and supporters to place national interest over their own personal interest.
He said: “As a commission, we are fine-tuning our processes and procedures towards delivering good elections in 2019. The commission is focused and will conduct an election that the Nigerian people will be proud of. But that election has to be and must be conducted under a very peaceful environment.
“The commission is not bothered and will not be distracted by the hue and cry over certain issues and decisions taken by the President and the National Assembly. The commission is focused on organising the 2019 elections using the extant laws, using the laws that are valid as at today and we will not be distracted.
“We urge all registered political parties, their candidates and their supporters to place the national interest over their own personal interest.”
Yakubu added that the commission has constituted a committee to oversee the situation room and collation centers.
He expressed concerns over the safety and security of corps members and other officials that will participate in the election.
United States Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington said it was important that the country conducted a violence-free election next year.
He urged the youths to take charge of next year’s election by ensuring that they elect the right leaders.
Symington added that next year presents an opportunity for Nigerian youths to contribute to the country’s democracy.
In the same vein, music star, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2face, urged Nigerians to vote and not fight, noting that election is not a war.
Idibia, who is the Vote not Fight Campaign ambassador, said there was need for the country to conduct smooth, free, fair and credible elections.