Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has reiterated  the commitment of commission towards making sure the the 2019 general election is devoid of rigging and manipulation.

Yakubu gave the assurance at the 6th anniversary lecture and investiture into the Realnews hall of fame held in Lagos on Thursday.

He said the commission is not oblivious to the painstaking job ahead but determined to leave no stone unturned to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

He said INEC was deeply committed to democratic elections that would “contribute to political stability and consolidation of democracy which would propel the nation to greater economic prosperity"

“It is true that political stability is a prerequisite for economic growth and development. It is also true that no economy flourishes in a situation of uncertainty.

“Nations cannot develop if they are unstable. We have seen nations and cities destroyed by unacceptable electoral outcomes.

“Democratic transition through periodic and credible elections is the best way to ensure certainty that will guarantee and sustain political stability.

“We will never ever fail the nation. Our commitment is that we will never give Nigerians excuses.

“The commission has embarked on diligent preparations to ensure that the 2019 general elections is credible and meets the goals of election integrity.” he said

The INEC chairman called on all stakeholders to play their roles in achieving a transparent and inclusive electoral process.

He averred that the commission had harmonised accreditation and voting, carried out greater engagement, installation of trackers, enhancement of smart card readers and improved logistics.

“We are working to ensure optimal performance of the smart card readers,” he said.

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