The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has declared that the commission is one of the most improved public institutions in Nigeria, given the level of improvements recorded in the nation’s electoral system from 1999 to date.
Yakubu made the declaration while speaking at the 2019 Post-Election Review session with the second batch of Electoral Officers from 17 states, held in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that the commission should be rated high when compared with its counterparts in other West Africa countries.
“Whenever I compare what we have done with what my colleagues elsewhere have done, I sometimes say we are many countries in West Africa rolled into one.
“Given the size of our voter registration, our population, one can conveniently say, if you look at what happened in our elections from 1999 to date, I have no doubt in my mind that INEC is the most improved public service institution in Nigeria.
“We have offices in all the Local Government Areas. Tell me one agency which has offices in LGAs and the staff work as hard as our EOs and staff at the LGA levels?
“We have everything to be very proud of, but however, we never rest on the understanding that we have done very well and we are doing very well. We are convinced that we can do more.
“Therefore, the purpose of this interactive meeting is for us to explore ways and means by which we can improve the system,” he said.