President Muhammadu Buhari today sworn in six new Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and spoke about the need for integrity as regards the nation’s electoral processes.
NAN reports that the president charged the commissioners to be firm and fair in the discharge of their duties, urging them to help consolidate the integrity of the electoral body
“This administration is extremely concerned with the integrity of the electoral processes. You are people of great integrity, renowned throughout the country. This administration will depend on you to be firm and fair.
“What this administration expects after we have gone, Nigerians will read the political history and know that we served Nigeria.
“Woo Nigerians to use Permanent Voters Card (PVC), cross checked by card reader, that they have been given the opportunity.
“The security in their respective constituencies to elect those they want to elect, the rest is left to their conscience and to God.’’ he said.
The president, who frowned at the way bye-elections were conducted in some states of the federation, said government would continue to ensure violent-free elections in the country.
He however congratulated the commissioners on their new appointments.
Speaking on behalf of the other new commissioners, Mr. Ibianu thanked the president and Nigerians for “the challenging opportunity to serve the country”.
He said all the commissioners have pledged to to discharge their responsibilities in line with the oath of allegiance and office they just sworn to
“We ask Nigerians for support to continue to improve the advances recorded in the electoral processes so far,” he said.