We do more than conduct elections, we manage our democracy – INEC Chairman

NEWS DIGEST – The Independent National Electoral Commission, has described its responsibilities as conducting elections and managing Nigeria’s democracy.

The commission also noted that the voting population in Nigeria is more than that of other 14 countries in the West African sub-region combined.

The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, according to a bulletin circulated by the commission on Saturday, stated these when the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dasuki Arabi, led a team from the BPSR on a courtesy visit to the INEC Headquarters in Abuja.

According to him, the electoral commission’s responsibility is beyond conducting elections.

Yakubu said, “This is the only agency in Nigeria that is saddled with the constitutional responsibility of doing so much for our elections and our democracy.

“We are doing more than managing elections; we are more or less managing our entire democracy.

“Some of the responsibilities that we perform are actually responsibilities that so many other agencies in other countries perform. But here we do everything.

“The size and complexities of the country provides the context of what we do. The number of registered voters in the other 14 countries in the West African sub-region put together is 11 million less than the number of registered voters in Nigeria. So, anytime we conduct elections, it is like conducting elections in the whole of West Africa.”