Abuja- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has barred its staff under investigation from taking part in the gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States, reports Punch.
The commission said the affected officials will not play any role in further elections until investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are over.
News 24 had reported that over 100 staff of the commission are currently being investigated by the anti-graft agency.
They are being quizzzed over allegations bordering on bribery during the last elections.
There were allegations that some Resident Electoral Officers (RECs) of the Commission received bribe from officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2015 elections.
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INEC’s Deputy Director, Publicity and Voter Education, Nick Dazang, said that the affected staff would not be deployed for the two elections.
Governorship elections are to hold in Edo and Ondo on September 10 and November 26 respectively.
Among those indicted by the EFCC include, Gesila Khan, who was the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State in the 2015 election but has since been redeployed to Cross River.
She was alleged to have collected N185.8m from the bribe money. A sum of N4m was recently found in another bank account belonging to her.
- News 24