The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the immediate sack of two of its officials, and the compulsory retirement of another electoral official following their role in the double registration of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
The announcement was contained in a statement INEC’s National Commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mrs. May Agbmuche-Mbu, released on Thursday.
In it, the electoral body also stated that it could not take any action against Governor Bello due to the immunity he enjoys by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution.
The statement read in part, “Following reports of the alleged double registration by the governor of Kogi State in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration exercise, the commission set up a panel of investigation into the involvement of staff in the matter.
“The initial report set up by the panel was referred to the appointment, promotion and disciplinary committee, which made recommendations to the commission.
“While the governor of Kogi State currently enjoys immunity from prosecution, the commission approved the summary dismissal of two employees for acts of misconduct and the immediate and compulsory retirement of an electoral officer for acts of gross misconduct.”
In May, Bello was accused by INEC of registering at Wuse Zone 4, Abuja on January 30, 2011 and in Government House, Lokoja on May 23, 2017.
The electoral body stated that the governor’s double registration and doing so outside lNEC’s designated centres “are both illegal”.