The chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has assured Nigerians that they won’t fail them in the 2019 general election.
Yakubu said the commission is aware of the “tough task” ahead but determined to leave no stone unturned to conduct free, fair and credible elections.
He said this on Thursday at the 6th-anniversary lecture and investiture into the Realnews hall of fame held in Lagos.
He pointed out that INEC was committed to democratic elections that would “contribute to political stability and consolidation of democracy which would propel the nation to greater economic prosperity”.
“It is true that political stability is a prerequisite for economic growth and development. It is also true that no economy flourishes in a situation of uncertainty,” he said.
“Nations cannot develop if they are unstable. We have seen nations and cities destroyed by unacceptable electoral outcomes.
“Democratic transition through periodic and credible elections is the best way to ensure certainty that will guarantee and sustain political stability.
“We will never ever fail the nation. Our commitment is that we will never give Nigerians excuses.
“The commission has embarked on diligent preparations to ensure that the 2019 general elections is credible and meets the goals of election integrity.”
The INEC chairman called on all stakeholders to play their roles in achieving a transparent and inclusive electoral process.
According to him, the commission has harmonised accreditation and voting, carried out greater engagement, installation of trackers, enhancement of smart card readers and improved logistics.