Information available to our reporter has revealed why the Independent National Electoral Commission has refused to remove it’s National Commissioner in charge of Welfare, Mrs Amina Zakari from being the head of the Collation Centre Committee.
As indicated by a faultless source near the Commission, the Zakari had earlier been moved from a standing committee in charge of Logistics to the Welfare and Health Committee.
The source clarified the situation thus: “That movement appeared to be in response to widespread protests among stakeholders. Yet, there are no issues of integrity and misdeeds.
“They are just issues of perception and you know sometimes perception can be larger than life.
“If we keep moving her at the slightest excuse, it will get to a point when some people will call for the removal of INEC chairman.
is even different from the Collation Secretariat which the INEC chairman heads and which is responsible for results collation. Remember the INEC Chairman is the Chief Electoral Officer and the Returning Officer for the Presidential election.”
The source also revealed that the commission has agreed to throw open the processes that would take place at the Situation Room during the 2019 elections to enhance the integrity of the election.
Opening up of the Situation Room has been a key demand of opposition parties and election Monitors, especially from Western countries in the build-up to the 2019 elections.
But the source who spoke on condition of anonymity said since he was not permitted to speak officially on the matter said that the Commission was out to show it has nothing to hide.
“I can tell you that the Commission has decided to throw open the operations of the Situation Room during the 2019 elections. The management team has decided that will show the international and local observers, the media and the political parties that there is nothing special that happens there.
“The global eyewitnesses, the parties and the media have written severally seeking the opening up of the Sitauoon Room. With the data available to me, I can affirm that the Commission has decided to offer access to relevant stakeholders at the Situation Room during the elections.
“The Commission will concede access to groups and those accredited to go in and out of the Situation Room.”