The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will display credentials of political aspirants ahead of the coming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states to enable public scrutiny.
The Commission chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Abuja on Friday during a meeting with resident electoral commissioners.
He said the credentials of candidates would be publicly displayed on July 6 in Edo and August 4 in Ondo, ahead of the gubernatorial elections in both states.
The INEC chairman said political parties had failed to ensure adequate screening of candidates’ credentials, which has led to the determination of the outcome of elections by the courts.
His words “This will enable citizens to scrutinise them and take legal action against any candidate who provides false information to the Commission.
“The personal particulars of candidates will be displayed on 6th July 2020 in Edo State and on 4th August 2020 in Ondo State. I wish to appeal to citizens to note the dates and to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the information provided on oath by the candidates in the interest of our democracy and good governance”
Yakubu said INEC would monitor the primary elections closely and enforce sanctions when needed.
“We will rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law
“The Commission has been studying the judgements of courts arising from the conduct of recent elections. We have also been reviewing the reports from accredited observers as well as internal reports from our State Offices. We will continue to keep an eye on the conduct of our officials and apply appropriate sanctions on erring staff, both regular and ad-hoc,” he said.