The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned its personnel across the country to remain unbiased and apolitical or risk being punished.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, gave the warning on Friday at the second regular quarterly consultative meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
His warning comes ahead of the primary elections by various political parties to elect their candidates for the offices of the president, governors, and other various positions in the coming general polls.
“As required by law, the commission shall monitor the primaries in the constituencies where the parties intend to field candidates,” Yakubu informed the RECs. “This means that the State offices will be heavily involved in the exercise.
“I urge you to exercise our monitoring responsibility with absolute neutrality. There are sanctions for violation of the law, and you should know this and warn our staff accordingly.”