The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reorganised its departments and created more ahead of 2023 general election.
This was contained in a press release issued on Thursday by Inec’s National Commissioner and Chairman on Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
According to the Okoye, the development is imperative as the general election is approaching. He further stressed that, the review and realignment of some of its department is meant to improve the effectiveness and management of its human resource.
“As the commission prepares for major off circle Governorship election and the 2023 general election, it has become imperative to review and realign some of its department for improved, effectiveness and efficient management of its human resources and assets.
“Based on this, the Commission has created two department 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 who added that the changes in the Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CCT) would strengthen its statutory powers of prosecuting electoral offenders, also noted that reorganization and realignment would not affect the structure and functions of the State Officers of the Commission.
While he said the reorganization takes immediate effect, he affirmed that Resolution Desk at state level would still function under the Head of Department of Legal Services with Gender and Inclusivity remain under the Head of Department of Voter Education and Publicity.