2015 polls: INEC promises to punish officials found guilty of allegations

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it would punish any of its official indicted of allegations made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during the 2015 general elections.

This was disclosed in INEC’s daily bulletin by Deputy Director in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Nick Dazang, on Wednesday.

Dazang said INEC decided to disciplinary actions on any official found guilty according to the commission’s conditions of service.

“In respect of INEC members of staff facing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the conduct of the 2015 general elections, the commission decided that appropriate disciplinary action be meted out to them based on the INEC Staff Conditions of Service,” the bulletin stated.

He also revealed that a panel has been set up by the commission to investigate the roles of its personnel in the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun elections in Rivers State.

He said members of the panel include Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, Chairman; AVM Ahmed T. Mu’azu, (National Commissioner), member; Prof. Jacob Jatau, (Resident Electoral Commissioner, FCT), member; Omoloja Tajudeen, Deputy Director (Discipline).

According to him, the panel is expected to submit its report on January 30, 2017.

Dazang also said the commission has approved the promotion of some personnel

He said, “Fourteen were officers promoted from Grade Level 16 to Grade Level 17 (substantive directors) while 1,293 were officers from Grade Levels 7 to 16.”

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