2023 Elections And Insecurity: INEC Takes RECs To Task On Hotspot

INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu
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By Akombo Aondona, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday, 13th May, 2022 directed all the state resident electoral commissioners (RECs) to provide basic data on areas of security challenges in their states.

 Chairman, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this at the second quarterly meeting of the inter-agency consultative committee on elections security (ICCES) for the year 2022 held at the conference hall of the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

 Prof. Yakubu said: “We have tasked our Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to provide basic data on areas of security challenges in their States, including citizens living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps. Our idea is to harvest the data as a basis for further engagement with the security agencies as well as devising the best way to provide electoral services to all Nigerians under all circumstances.

 “As you are all aware, a number of developments have taken place since our last meeting. For instance, with the coming into force of the Electoral Act 2022, there are roles and responsibilities required of all involved in elections, especially in the areas of voter accreditation and result management in particular and election administration in general. All these have bearing on election security.

“We therefore need a clear understanding of some of these responsibilities under the new law. For this reason, there will be a presentation on voter registration and data clean up by the ICT Department. We have also included in your folders for this meeting a number of documents for your information and discussion. 

“One of the documents is the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Security Personnel on Election Duty. Prepared on the eve of the 2019 General Election and reviewed in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a further review will be necessary in view of the new Electoral Act and current security challenges.

The meeting was co-chair by the national security adviser and attended by other security agencies. 

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