The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it has not suspended the 202 staff indicted for electoral fraud in 2015 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
There was media report two days ago that the affected staff had been inter- dicted and placed on half salary pending conclusion of their trial in court. But in a statement yesterday by Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, INEC said that it has not concluded its investigations on the matter and has not suspended the affected staff.
“The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission has been drawn to the recent media report that it has suspended 202 staff that has been indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) report,” the statement said.
It added that the commission was still in the process of investigating the allegation and interviewingthestaff concernedinaccordancewiththe principle of fair hearing. INEC added that “no disciplinary action can be taken until the conclusion of the process.”
The commission had two weeks ago, interdicted 23 of its staff indicted by joint Police/ DSS report for electoral offences during the conduct of the December 10, 2016 parliamentary rerun elections in Rivers State.
It however, said it deferred its decision on the 202 staff indicted by the report of the EFCC for misconduct during the 2015 general elections to enable it reconcile the EFCC report with that of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).