The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has prosecuted about 215 staff caught contravening laws that set up the commission.
Felix Enabor, administrative secretary of the body in Delta State, disclosed this in Asaba on Tuesday during an interactive session with religious leaders, saying the aim was to ensure the unbiased conduct.
He promised to discipline any staff found wanting during the upcoming elections. “Any INEC staff that is caught would be disciplined, we have zero tolerance for corruption,” he stated.
During the interactive session, both Muslim and Christian leaders in the state canvassed for the need for INEC to beef up security in the region in order to have violence-free elections.
In his answers to questions raised by the stakeholders, Enabor revealed that the commission has put in place mechanisms to ensure politicians did not thwart its efforts in the state.
“Politicians mostly do a lot in the past elections to stop INEC from getting to the riverine areas, like buy off the boats a day before the elections. It would not be like that this time around,” he asserted.
While speaking with newsmen, Reverend Musa Bello, who represented the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, emphasized that his association would ensure that Christians were sensitised, adding that peace is the critical in the upcoming elections.
“We would do our best to support INEC to propagate their intentions in achieving a free and fair election,” he said.
In the same vein, the state chairman of Delta State Muslim Council, Alhaji Mumakai Unagha, stated that religion should not be brought into politics, stating that it is the will of God that would be done.