The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has listed the category of Vice Chancellors who would not be involved as Collation and Returning Officers for the 2023 general elections.
Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu gave this information at a meeting with Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities held at the National Universities Commission, Abuja on Thursday.
Speaking at the event the INEC boss, among other things, noted that collation of results will take place in 8,809 Registration Areas or Wards, 774 Local Government Areas, 36 States and the FCT.
He said, in addition, the Commission require Returning Officers for each constituency. According to Yakubu, put together, INEC will engage 23,258 personnel as Collation and Returning Officers.
He noted that just as in previous elections, the Commission has requested each university for a specified number and category of academic staff as contained in my letter to the Vice Chancellors. I must warn that staff who are card-carrying members or have participated in partisan politics should not be nominated,” he said.
He said further: “Similarly, those who may not be involved in partisan politics but are known to have obvious political leanings should not be nominated. Furthermore, those who have been convicted of electoral malpractice must be excluded.
“The Commission will carefully scrutinise the list which must be submitted confidentially in the manner prescribed by Commission in my letter to the Vice Chancellors. Like all election duty personnel, each Collation and Returning Officer will swear to an oath of neutrality.