Prof Mahmood Yakubu

2019: INEC Strategises To Overcome Election Challenges

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said that it had begun

to put strategies in place to help it curb election challenges.

 

The National Commissioner of INEC, Mr Lekky-

Mustafa Muhammad, said this in Asaba, Delta State capital during the opening

ceremony of a two- day workshop on building staff capacity.

 

He said that after the workshop, the staff would have been

better equipped to execute their electoral functions

appropriately.

 

He also said that INEC had the mandate to monitor political

parties’ activities, including their finances.

 

He said that the workshop with the theme “Campaign finance,

training and reporting” was for INEC staff members across the

six South-South states.

 

He said that the importance of adequate monitoring of

campaign finances was necessary in order to let the electorate

know that there was the need to protect the integrity of our

election.

 

He said that money could easily influence our election

sometimes in a negative way, but not all money was bad.

He said that the money could be misused if it was coming

from one person or an entity.

 

He said that the workshop was to discourage unhealthy money

or too much money coming from one source.

 

INEC Administrative Secretary in Delta State, Mrs Rose

Orianran-Anthony, said that INEC core values such as

Transparency and Neutrality agreed with the principles of

political finance oversight.

 

Orianran-Anthony said that  when politicians flout INEC rules, it

would affect the credibility of the entire process and

democracy.

 

She said that problem would arise in politics when self-seeking

and wealthy politicians or individuals were allowed to fund

parties with unlimited financial resources unchecked.

 

She said that such negative result would begin to wield

unhealthy control over the political parties.