INEC Reiterates Neutrality Ahead Of 2023 General Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reaffirmed that it’s not supporting any political party or candidate in the 2023 general election, as its only concern is the electoral process.

This was revealed by the chairman of the commission — Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in an address to Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) for the general election of 2023 in Abuja.

Yakubu asked them to uphold their neutrality oath and commitment to Nigeria.

The chairman said: “The commission is determined that the 2023 general election will be the best ever and you are the people that will help the commission to make it happen and help to ensure that Nigeria has a pleasant experience on election day.

“INEC is not a political party. INEC has no candidate in the election. Our only interest is in the processes. The choice of who becomes what in Nigeria is left to the Nigerian people to decide.”

Yakubu urged the SPOs to maintain the integrity of the process, describing their work as essential to the success of the general election in 2023.

“You are the people who supervise those who will work at the most important level, the Polling Units (PUs) level. That is the only place where voting takes place.

“The collation officers at the polling units level are collating results from the PUs. When collation officers at the PU go to the local government level, they are collating results from the PUs.

“When it goes to the state level they are collating results from the PUs and when they come to Abuja, where we collate the presidential result it would have passed through all these processes.

“So, by the time the results come to Abuja, Nigerians would have known the outcome of the election,” he Yakubu added: “Our responsibility is simply to collate. So you are playing a very critical role. What will help you help the commission, help Nigerians and the electoral process is your Integrity as individuals.”

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