INEC promises not fail the nation in the conduct of 2019 general elections


Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the commission will not fail the nation in the conduct of 2019 general elections.

Mr Yakubu made this promise while speaking at the 6th Anniversary Lecture and Investiture into the Realnews Hall of Fame held in Lagos yesterday.

The event was tagged: “Political Transitions and Africa’s Economic Development: Preparations for Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections.”

According to Mr Yakubu, the commission is not unaware that the conduct of 2019 elections is a tough task, but INEC is determined to leave no stone unturned to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

He said that INEC was deeply committed to democratic elections that would contribute to political stability and consolidation of democracy.

Mr Yakubu said there could be no peaceful or sustainable political transition and consequential economic and other benefits to citizens without credible and peaceful elections through a transparent and inclusive electoral process.

To achieve this goal, the INEC chairman called on all stakeholders — governments, election administrators, security agencies, civil society groups, the media, political parties, candidates and their supporters — to play their roles.