The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu has identified why the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello gained’t be disqualified from taking part within the November 16 governorship election over declare of double registration.
Yakubu explained that Bello’s disqualification from the governorship election over alleged double registration would amount to contravening the Electoral Act, including that the Act doesn’t present for disqualification as a penalty for committing such a crime.
He made the clarification whereas explaining why the Kogi governor was allowed to take part within the election, having been indicted throughout a quarterly consultative meeting with the media in Abuja.
INEC had in 2017 accused the governor of double voter registration.
The Commission had dismissed two of its officers over their alleged roles within the electoral scandal.
Speaking, Yakubu stated: “Beneath the Electoral Act, double registration just isn’t a situation to disqualify a candidate. In any case, the action we took on the part of the officers that had been indicted had been administrative based mostly on the terms and circumstances of service.
“The action we have to tackle non-staff of the commission is to prosecute and we can not prosecute somebody with constitutional immunity. We will solely prosecute based mostly on the supply of the Electoral Act.”