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
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
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
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.