The Acting Chairwoman 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 with the law.
“I would like to make it clear that electoral malpractices will not be tolerated as the commission will continue to drive transparency and effectiveness,” she said in Abuja at the public presentation of the final report on the 2015 elections by the Civil Society Situation Room.
“Any INEC official found wanting in the tribunals will be punished to the full extent of the law.”
According to her, there has been a decrease in the number of petitions challenging elections conducted by the commission.
“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 added that the commission will use the upcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa as an opportunity to continue to display its improved process and rigour.