Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has admitted the presence of corrupt officials and staff who condone and also perpetrate electoral malpractices and gross irregularities during elections in the commission.
The admittance came as a reaction to various strikes at Jega by some political parties and stakeholders who met in Abuja yesterday to witness the public presentation of Strategic Programme of Action of INEC covering 2012 to 2016.
According to Jega, many workers of the commission who compromised standards, have been either prosecuted or dismissed from their duties. He, however, said the exercise was done without usual media hype.
Jega said: “INEC officials are not immune to prosecution. Since we came here, as a Commission we have prosecuted INEC officials, who have been clearly found guilty of breaching established laws, rules and regulations and we have also quietly shown people the way out. Probably, it was not well advertised.
“We have dismissed people and asked people to withdraw their services. We have done a lot quietly and it is not something that really should have been advertised. We made it very clear as a Commission and I think in one of the interactive sessions we had with staff of INEC, we made it very clear to them that we are drawing the line.”