The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, said on Wednesday that the electoral body used electoral officers as observers during foreign elections to expose them to global best practices.
He also boasted that since its establishment, the commission had remained the most improved public service agency in the country.
According to him, elections it conducted since 1999 had shown that INEC had been improving every year.
Yakubu stated this during the review of the conduct of the 2019 general election with the second batch of about 387 EOs from the southern states of the country on Wednesday.
He said INEC had significantly improved from where it used to be in 1999.
The PUNCH reported that the first batch of about 387 EOs from the 19 northern states had their review with the top management of INEC on Monday.
Yakubu said, “Every organisation should be interested in its successive plan. The commission will not lose experience hands soon. We try to build the capacity of our EOs by giving them the needed exposure.
“We involved the EOs in foreign elections observation including various trips to Kenya, Liberia and America. It helped me to assess the EOs and I have not been disappointed with the quality of our EOs.
“We started in 2018 with the continuous voter registration and about 14.2 million registered voters were added.”
Although Yakubu did not reveal the hypothesis used in assessing improvement of INEC since 1999, he said the commission had been improving in every election.
He said, “If you look at what happened to our elections since 1999, you will know that INEC is the most improved public service in Nigeria. We have offices at the grass roots but we can do more.”
The INEC chairman told the EOs to “feel free to make observation and necessary suggestions as it is an opportunity to make our elections better.”
The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman (Planning, Monitoring and Strategy Committee), Dr Mustapha Lecky, said it was the second and final batch of the review for the remaining EOs from the 18 southern states.