The Acting Chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs Amina Zakari on Tuesday said that any staff of the commission indicted by elections petitions tribunals would be punished in accordance several with the law.
Speaking in Abuja at the public presentation of the final report on the 2015 elections by the Civil Society Situation Room, Zakari said: “I would like to make it clear that electoral malpractices will not be tolerated as the commission will continue to drive transparency and effectiveness.
“Any INEC official found wanting in the tribunals will be punished to the full extent of the law.”
She pointed out that there had been a decrease in the number of petitions challenging elections conducted by the commission.
She said: “In 2007, a total of 1,290 petitions were filed in the tribunals, in 2011, it was 732 while 663 petition were filed n 2015. The reduction is driven by improvements in our electoral process but we would like to see a continued downward trend.”
She said the commission will use the Kogi and Bayelsa upcoming elections as an opportunity to continue to display its improved process and rigour.