Prof. Mahmood Yakubu—Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the 2019 general elections will be the best the country has ever recorded.
Yakubu stated this on Wednesday during the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria’s (BON) 69th General Assembly held at Oriental Hotel, Lagos.
He said the commission needs the support of the media to do so.
The INEC boss said the planning process for the 2019 polls had been concluded with the 2017-2021 strategic plan and programme of action.
Yakuba noted that critical planning process like the Continuous Voters Registration and collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) have been transparently handled.
“It is possible that the 2019 general election would be one of the most intensive media focus event in our political history. Stakeholders are likely to rely heavily on broadcast media as well as social media.
“For this reason, combating hate speech, fake news and other forms of reporting likely to inflame passion and trigger crisis will be of critical importance to the peaceful conduct of the election,” Yakubu said.