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2015 elections: INEC urges members to be neutral

16 May 2014, 14:46

Rivers - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday urged its staff to be neutral and unbiased in the conduct of the 2015 elections.

The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, disclosed this at a one day retreat for the staff in Rivers at Bunu-Tai, Tai local government of Rivers.

Jega, represented by Thelma Iremiren, National Commissioner for Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, emphasised the imperativeness of giving Nigerians credible elections in 2015.

He reminded the staff of the need for better performance in next elections.

The INEC chairman called on the members of the staff to embrace integrity, honesty, and neutrality in handling electoral issues.

According to him, the main focus of every INEC staff is to be efficient, and always think of how to give better services as staff of INEC.

Earlier, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Rivers, Aniedi Ikoiwak, expressed confidence in the viability of the Retreat to mould a better INEC staff for credible elections.

Ikoiwak said that it was the expectation of every staff to work in tandem with the goal of the commission, which according to him is "to be one of the best electoral bodies in the world’’.

The REC urged the staff  to be disciplined and committed to duty, adding that it was time to resist negative attitudes to work.

Mike Ogini, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Cross River, said that INEC was created by law with the vision of delivering free and fair elections.

Ogini charged the staff to adhere strictly to the Commission’s constitutional mandate, which he said should be the guideline of every staff.

The REC assured that the commission would conduct a free and fair elections in 2015.

 - NAN

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