INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has said that consistent trust deficit is one of the several reasons why the electoral process in Nigeria is still lacking quality.
He made this observation in a policy roundtable on Elections in Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.
Represented by the National Commissioner in charge of Operations, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, Mahmood said that accusation against the Election Management Body tampered with the confidence of Nigerians in the electoral processes.
His words, “We almost at the drop of a hat talk down on our processes, make unsubstantiated accusations against our EMBs and thereby erode public confidence in the process and outcome of elections.”
“If the main companies in the market consistently vilify the integrity of the managers of the economy, investors will soon lose confidence in the economy, the market will suffer and the main losers will be these same big companies.
“At the political level, if the big political players, especially political parties and candidates continue to question the integrity of the EMB.
“The voters, who use their votes to invest in these candidates and parties, will soon lose confidence in the process and the value of the ballot will decline.”
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