The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a legal and advocacy group, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to look into any of its employees who may have accepted bribes from Nigerians during the Continuous Voter Registration process, which ended on July 31.
SERAP, on Saturday, August 6, 2022 stated that any reports of such developments should be looked into; adding that if any officials are found guilty should be prosecuted.
“BREAKING: Voter registration: INEC must promptly and transparently probe reports that its officials took bribes before PVC registration in several centres across the country. Those involved must be named, and brought to justice without delay,” SERAP tweeted.
One of the positions of the electoral umpire is zero tolerance for corruption in the electoral process.
But YIAGA Africa had in a report on June 11 observed bribery of INEC officials as one of the concerns of the voter registration exercise.
“The main challenges observed by Yiaga Africa include malfunctioning of the Voter Enrollment Device (IVED), inadequate registration devices, capacity deficits on the part of INEC registration officials, inconsistencies in the decentralization of the CVR in some states, low public awareness of the schedule and locations for the rotational CVR and lastly, extortion and bribery of registration officials,” YIAGA stated on its website.
Meanwhile, Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta State and vice-presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has declared that severe measures are required to save the nation from its escalating economic and security crisis.
In addition, he urged for constitutional reform to enable power devolution; namely by granting more authority to states to create their own police force; particularly as a means of addressing instability and highlighting the nation’s precarious situation.
Speaking at Government House in Asaba on Saturday, August 6, 2022 when he met with leaders of the South-South Zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); Okowa bemoaned the continued absence of students from tertiary institutions due to the ongoing strike action by ASUU.
Okowa said: “There is no doubt that we are very challenged as a nation…It appears that all hope is lost, particularly to the younger ones. But I am one person that believes that all hope is not lost.
“Whatever thing that we have seen in the last seven years; I believe that God has allowed it for a purpose. I believe that there are lessons to be learnt.
“As at today, there is so much insecurity; the economy is going really down beyond what you think and know. Most Nigerians don’t even know how huge these challenges are.
“With the things going on now in the Education sector; it’s not what anyone would wish for our country. We need to be very prayerful.”