The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is under heavy scrutiny as pressure has been mounted on the commission to grant access to both international and local observers into their situation room ahead 2019 general election.
Asked what the position of the commission was on the demand, INEC’s spokesman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, replied: “I have no comment.”
A reputable source within the commission, however said, the request would most likely be turned down, saying it was akin to “exposing your bedroom to outsiders.”
The source said: “The problem is that our situation room is unique to us. It is our internal control mechanism. This is the core activity of the commission, which is not open to outsiders. We try as much as possible to (be) open but there are certain things that we cannot bring people in (to).
Meanwhile, American congressman, Christopher Smith, has urged US President Donald Trump to use his sanctioning authority to hold accountable any Nigerian official who overturns the 2019 electoral process or incites violence against citizens.
Smith who is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, gave the advise in a statement published on his personal website on Saturday, December 21.
“I call upon the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that elections will be free and fair, and for the commission to remain impartial,” the lawmaker said.