The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday revealed that the commission has started to build a functional electoral system ahead of 2019 general elections.
This is contained in a statement issued by him at the opening of a two-day strategic workshop to review the implementation of the commission’s strategic plan for 2012-2016.
Mr Yakubu explained that the workshop was part of the commission’s strategic plan toward successful general elections in 2019 and beyond.
He said: “The objective of this workshop is to retrospect and project in two days, and come up with better ideas and solutions.
“We need to re-strategise for the 2019 general elections and beyond to come up with practical solutions on how to strengthen the electoral process.
“This we will do based on the policies of fairness, transparency, credibility and impartiality.”
Mr. Yakubu also stressed the need to reflect on the constitutional and legally-defined responsibilities of the commission, and as well analyse the legal and procedural framework for elections management in Nigeria.
While reacting to the issue of misdemeanor on the part of some INEC officials, the chairman said that such unprofessional conduct would not go unpunished when brought to the attention of the commission.