The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will display the credentials of candidates of political parties ahead of the Edo and Ondo states governorship to be conducted later in the year.
This was disclosed by Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja on Friday.
The move comes after the Supreme Court sacked Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemienyo, the former deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State, over his presentation of forged credentials to INEC.
According to Yakubu, the public display will enable citizens to scrutinise the credentials of the candidates and initiate any legal action before the conduct of both elections.
He noted that political parties had failed to properly scrutinise the credentials of their candidates, thereby leading to litigation and subsequent determination of election outcome by the courts.
He said the credentials of candidates will be publicly displayed on July 6 in Edo and August 4 in Ondo, ahead of the gubernatorial elections in both states.
“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,” he said.
INEC has scheduled June 2 to June 27 for primary elections and nomination of candidates in Edo, while July 2 to July 25 for Ondo.
Yakubu said INEC will 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.