The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has condemned the reported nominations of card-carrying members of the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, to the decision-making structure of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at all levels.

Chairman, Transition MonitoringGroup (TMG), Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), who made this known in a statement on Saturday, described such a move as a stimulating strategy to influence the process and outcome of the 2023 general election.

Auwal explained that the provisions of the 1999 Constitution are clear about the composition and important appointments in the structure of the Electoral Body; hence, expressed displeasure at the apparent partisanship and favoritism reported through the appointments of the party’s card-carrying members as INEC Commissioners and State Resident Election Commissioners.

He noted that some Nigerians have argued that the recent undeserved promotions and strategic efforts across the country launched within the Commission have been to raise votes or create ambiguous situations that will be exploited by unscrupulous politicians to push their way to power. to force or manipulate.

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Rafsanjani expressed more concern about the potential impact of such strong presidency pressure on the overall credibility, transparency and integrity of the upcoming 2023 elections.

The chairman therefore called on TMG on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to ensure that the right thing is done as soon as possible to ensure credible, free and fair elections without favoritism.

“We are deeply concerned about the reported covert appointments of card-carrying members of the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, to the decision-making structure of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at all levels as a strategy to influence the process and the outcome of the election. 2023 general election.

“While the provisions of the 1999 constitution are clear about the composition and key appointments in the electoral body structure, we are dissatisfied with the apparent partisanship and favoritism reported by the appointments of the party’s card-carrying members as INEC commissioners and secretaries of state. Resident election commissioners.

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“Some Nigerians have argued that the recent undeserved promotions and strategic deployment across the country initiated within the Commission have been to raise votes or create ambiguous situations that will be exploited by unscrupulous politicians to force or hinder their way to power. manipulate.

“We are more concerned about the potential impact of such high pressure from the presidency on the overall credibility, transparency and integrity of the upcoming elections in 2023.

“Just as we condemn the nominations of card-carrying members of a political party in its entirety as a controlling strategy that could jeopardize INEC’s competence and objectivity, where the independence and integrity of the Commission cannot be guaranteed to provide free, fair and credible elections.

“TMG by this note calls on President Muhammadu Buhari, in the spirit of his government’s commitment to anti-corruption and transparency, to withdraw all names of political party leaders or card-carrying members from the nominations; and for immediate replacements, consider persons of integrity and indisputable character, to show impartiality in the selections and nominations.

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“We call on the National Assembly to reject the confirmation of all nominated party leaders and to insist on transparency and impartiality in the selections, in order to uphold democratic value and electoral integrity, while showing respect for the sanity and sanctity of the rule of law. .

“We also call on INEC to provide detailed and verifiable views of the nominees and the rationale for their selections, as well as the precondition for the recent changes in the structure and composition of the Commission at all levels,” he said.

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