By Joy Odor
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has created two new departments out of the present Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC).
The National Commissioner Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye Esq. made this known to newsmen in a press statement on Thursday in Abuja after its meeting on the reorganization of its Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC) and Voter Education and Publicity (VEP).
The INEC National Commissioner disclosed that the departments are Litigation and Prosecution (DL&P) and a Department of Legal Drafting and Clearance (LDCD).
The changes in the Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC), he said, are urgent and imperative as the Commission is determined to strengthen its statutory powers of prosecuting electoral offenders.
Barrister Okoye assured that the reorganizations and realignments would not affect the structure and functions of the State Offices of the Commission.
According to him, the review became imperative as the Commission prepares for major off cycle Governorship elections and the 2023 general election for improved effectiveness and efficient management of its human resources and assets.
Barrister Okoye stressed that the Commission has approved the de-establishment of the Voter Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Liaison Department (VEP) but rather, established the Voter Education and Publicity Department (VEP), as well as the Gender and Inclusivity Department (GID).
He added that the 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.
Barrister Okoye opined that the Commission is 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.