INEC, on Thursday in Abuja, announced the creation of additional departments.
This is coming following a reorganization of its Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC) and that of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP).
The commission explained that the adjustment was part of preparations ahead of “Major off cycle Governorship elections and the 2023 general election.”
According to Fetus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Department, the “Review and realign some of its departments was for improved effectiveness and efficient management of its human resources and assets:.
Okoye added in a statement that, “The Commission has created two (2) departments out of the present Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC).
“In the new arrangement, a Department of Litigation and Prosecution (DL&P) and a Department of Legal Drafting and Clearance (LDCD) have been established.
“In the same vein, the Commission approved the de-establishment of the Voter Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Liaison Department (VEP) and in its place established the Voter Education and Publicity Department (VEP), as well as the Gender and Inclusivity Department (GID).”
Okoye explained that changes would have no effect to the structures and function of INEC State offices and takes off with immediate effect.
“The changes in the Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC) are urgent and imperative as the Commission is determined to strengthen its statutory powers of prosecuting electoral offenders.
The statement signed by Okoye adde:”Similarly, the Commission is also determined to proactively communicate its policies and programmes to the Nigerian people and effectively engage and mainstream women’s groups, persons living with disability and other marginalized individuals in the electoral process.
“These reorganizations and realignments would not affect the structure and functions of the State Offices of the Commission. Legal Services and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Desks at the state level will still function under the Head of Department of Legal Services, while that of Gender and Inclusivity will remain under the Head of Department of Voter Education and Publicity,” INEC started in the statement.