Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, has reacted to comments by President Muhammadu Buhari that the Military and the Police be ruthless at ballot box snatchers.
Yakubu, who spoke in Abuja today said he believes that ballot box snatchers should be punished only in accordance with the electoral law.
Yakubu said: “The position of the commission is that all violators of the Electoral Act should be punished according to the provisions of the Electoral Act.”
Yakubu also denied reports that Okechukwu Ibeanu, the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in charge of logistics, was invited by the Department of State Services (DSS).
“No commissioner of the commission was picked up by any security agency no house of any commissioner of INEC was raided; no any commissioner of INEC has been picked by the security agency,” he said.
“The particular commissioner you are referring to, whose name was mentioned on social media, is as we speak currently in his office in the commission. Similarly, no six directors were picked up by any security agency. All decisions on the administration of the commission are taken by the commission as an independent, constitutional body. We will continue to protect and jealously guard our independence.”