Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has frowned at foreign meddlesomeness in internal elections through malicious deployment of the Internet.
Prof Yakubu made the declaration at a workshop on Reporting of elections in the ECOWAS sub-region, organised by the bloc’s Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) in Abuja, where he stated that the problem wasn’t only peculiar to developing nations like Nigeria but also to the developed ones, including the United States and Western Europe.
Acknowledging the pivotal role of the media in free, fair and peaceful polls, the INEC chair maintained that the fourth estate of the realm remains the most reliable instrument through which participation and inclusivity are encouraged.
Represented by a National Commissioner in the commission, Mustapha Leke, the INEC boss said the training was apt in view of upcoming balloting in the sub-region.
Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari declared that Nigeria had left that era where democratic norms were brazenly subverted and votes awarded to favoured candidates.
He assured the visiting members of the Joint United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS Good Offices Mission on Elections that the 2019 polls would be free and fair.
President of ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Brou, said the team was on homage as it did to Senegal, Mali, Gambia and others which recently held polls.
Besides, the president said the nation’s democracy was steadily improving with deeper understanding of cultures and tenets by the people as well as strengthening of those institutions that guarantee free, fair and credible elections.