The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dismissed claims by some opposition parties and civil society that its chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakub, has resigned. The committee said the INEC chairman did not face pressure to resign before the 2023 elections as alleged.
The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, reportedly reiterated that all the claims in the media are rumors and untrue. The committee also dismissed rumors that some politicians are plotting to force INEC to abandon the Bimodal Voter Authentication System (BVAS). According to Oyekanmi, the committee is not considering scrapping BVAS, adding that the introduction of the technology will not reflect in next year’s polls. “The committee is not considering abandoning BVAS. It has come,” he said. BVAS will be used in all future elections conducted by INEC, including the 2023 general elections. BVAS will be used in all future elections conducted by INEC, including the 2023 general elections.
Referring to the possible sacking of the INEC chairman, he said: “I am not aware of the tremendous pressure” over the resignation of the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakub. As you know, the 2023 elections are about four months away and the preparations for this crucial poll are going well. The INEC chairman is focused on ensuring free, fair, credible, and inclusive parliamentary elections. That’s what he’s thinking about right now.” News of a plan to impeach the INEC chairman ahead of the 2023 election has emerged.