INEC Has No Plan To Remove Imo REC Ahead Of Nov 11 Guber Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said it has no plan to remove Prof. Sylvia Agu, the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Imo State ahead of guber election as it has no evidence against her.
Some gubernatorial candidates boycotted a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday in Owerri, the state capital, after calls for the removal of the Imo REC due to alleged partisanship.
There is no justification for removing Agu, according to Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during a Wednesday an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme.
According to Oyeakanmi, the Commission does not have any evidence that links the Imo REC to the allegations made against her.
He said: “The REC will conduct the election. We don’t have any reason to remove her from there, and we don’t have any evidence that implicates her or proves any allegation that is being alleged at this time.”
“The Commission takes its responsibility seriously, and we don’t joke with the conduct of elections, and when there are complaints against our officers, we also don’t joke with complaints, but you must provide evidence that our officers are culpable.”
Oyekanmi said the Commission took disciplinary actions against its RECs in Abia, Sokoto and Adamawa states during the general elections earlier in the year when they acted outside the provisions of the commission.
The spokesman for the INEC Chairman assured the political parties in the election that INEC would be fair and unbiased.
“The assurance we are giving to all political parties is that we are not going to allow any pandering towards any interest in this election; our interest is to conduct free, fair and credible elections,” he said.
Oyekanmi said there was no reason to doubt the capacity of security agencies, assuring voters in the three states that the Result Viewing Portal (IReV) would work on Saturday.
He added that the electoral umpire has deployed nine additional RECs and two national commissioners to each state where governorship elections will be held on November 11, 2023.
The official also said 46,000 commission staff have been deployed to the three states. At the same time, sensitive and non-sensitive materials, including Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines, have been delivered in the three states.
Ada Peter
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