The general election is less than 55 days away and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is already issuing warning to its staff to ensure a free, fair and credible process. 

It says it will not hesitate to discipline any staff found to have betrayed public trust during the 2019 general election.

INEC's spokesperson in Akwa Ibom, Mr Don Etukudo, gave the warning in a statement in Uyo on Sunday.

Etukudo urged INEC staff to ensure that the commission was able to deliver free, fair and credible election to the people of the state in line with its mandate.

“In the last one year, the commission have been counselling staff on how to ensure a successful 2019 general election and will initiate disciplinary measures on staff that compromise the process,” he said.

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The official of the electoral body further highlighted that the commission had withdrawn some electoral officers from the field and re-assigned them to different Local Government Areas (LGAs) other than where they were serving before.

According to him, the exercise is a strategic re-organisation and re-positioning to ensure that the process leading to the general election is fool proof.

Etukudo said the commission was rejuvenating and re-positioning its personnel to the core values of integrity and impartiality necessary to drive them towards delivering on the commission’s mandate.

He urged politicians in the state to steer clear of INEC’s staff in the forthcoming general election by refraining from “unethical engagement” that may jeopardise the careers of the staff.

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