The Independent National Electoral Commission says it has approved the immediate sacking of two of its officials and the compulsory retirement of another electoral official for their alleged role in the double registration of the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
The electoral body, however, stated that it could not take any action against Bello because “ he is still enjoying immunity by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution.”
The INEC National Commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mrs. May Agbmuche-Mbu, also revealed that the commission had approved the registration of 21 political parties bringing the total of registered political parties to 67.
The statement read in part, “Following reports of the alleged double registration by the governor of Kogi State in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration, the commission set up a panel of investigation into the involvement of (members 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.”