“How One Party Told Us Their Candidate Was Dead But The Man Turned Up Alive One Week Later” – INEC Chairman

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The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has said the commission is doing all it can to make sure the election goes smoothly.

He called on Nigerians to call the attention of the commission to any infraction in the national voter register for rectification

Yakubu said this on Thursday during an interactive meeting with Catholic Bishops in Abuja.

He also recalled an incident that happened in 2015 where a political party declared their candidate dead and even brought a death certificate only for the person in question to turn up a week later, alive.

Yakubu said: “We have been doing so consistently. After the last one, we received only a few comments from the states, I think 48,000 out of 84 million registered voters.

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“Part of the difficulty is that we are very careful if someone says that one person is dead, because of the experience the commission had in 2015.

“We received a letter from one particular political party that a candidate was dead and they submitted a death certificate obtained from a government hospital. They also went to court, swore to an affidavit and his family also attested to the fact that the candidate was dead. They filed all these documents at the commission. A week later, the supposedly dead candidate turned up and said he was alive.”

Yakubu also spoke about his role in the forthcoming election, saying his job is to announce the results, not collate it.

He was speaking in reaction to comments still trailing the appointment of Amina Zakari who is reportedly related to President Muhammadu Buhari as the head of the committee on collation centre.

Zakari’s appointment was misconstrued in some quarters to mean she would be involved in the collation process.

Yakubu, however, said he remains the only returning officer who would announce results for the presidential election.

“The chairman of INEC is the chief returning officer for the presidential election and I am not going to share that responsibility with anyone,” he said.

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