The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Thursday blamed the activities of politicians for the recent inconclusive elections in the country.
Yakubu said politicians’ desperation to win elections at all cost usually lead to irregularities and electoral violence with innocent citizens killed and maimed during polls.
He stated that INEC’s determination not to overlook the infractions in the conduct of elections in line with the tenet of electoral law, was another reason for the development.
Yakubu, who spoke at a one day civil society/stakeholders roundtable on INEC and inclusive elections organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG), however said inconclusive elections were not peculiar to his six months tenure in office as INEC chairman or the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, as people were made to believe.
Represented by the Director of Voters’ Education at the commission, Mr. Oluwale Osaze Uzzy, the INEC chief also advocated a 10-year ban for politicians found guilty of electoral offences from aspiring to any public office.