The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has excluded all its National Commissioners from the collation of presidential poll results and other strands of
It has also decided to throw open its Situation Room to accredited observers, civil society organizations and the media.
These are some of the measures taken by the commission as part of its commitment to transparency during next month elections.
According to an anonymous source, reports have it that neither the widely-criticised National Commissioner Amina Zakari nor any of the National Commissioners will be involved in the collation of presidential poll results.
According to the source, Resident Electoral Commissioners have no business with the collation of results
He said; “No National Commissioner is in charge of collation of presidential poll results. It is true that there is what is called Collation Centre but it is separate from the Collation Secretariat, which is responsible for the collation of results.
”No National Commissioner will be appointed into the Secretariat Committee. So, Hajiya Amina Zakari or any National Commissioner does not have anything to do with the collation of results.”
The INEC source also stated that the commission met on Saturday and resolved to throw open its Situation Room.
“Related to the Collation Centre is our Situation Room. The international observers and other stakeholders want us to open up the Situation Room.
“The commission met on Saturday and decided that we will grant visitation rights to accredited observers, civil society organisations and the media.
“Observers might not be allowed to see all things but they can come in and out of the Situation Room. The greatest thing INEC has done with this is openness.”
“Our plans are on course, we are happy with the speed.
”We are almost through with the engagement of ad hoc staff. In most cases, we recruit from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) but the irony is that we do not have enough corps members.
“We will recruit students in final year or penultimate year in the universities where there is shortfall. We have established portals for the recruitment of ad hoc staff and as at Saturday, one million (1m) Nigerians have applied,” the source added.