2023: INEC reorganizes departments, creates more, says Okoye



By Chimezie Godfrey

The Independent National Commission (INEC) reorganized its departments of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC &CC) and Voter and Publicity (VEP).

This was revealed in a statement by the Commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Committee, Festus Okoye.

He also revealed that the Commission consequently created two (2) additional departments out of the department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC).

Okoye noted that the reorganization become necessary as the Commission prepares for major off cycle Governorship elections and the 2023 general election.

He said,”The Independent National Commission (INEC) met today 22nd April 2021 and among other , deliberated on the reorganization of its Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC) and that of Voter and Publicity (VEP). 

“As the Commission prepares for major off cycle Governorship elections and the 2023 general election, it has become imperative review and realign some of its departments for improved effectiveness and management of its human resources and assets. 

“Based on this, the Commission has created two (2) departments out of the 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.”

The INEC Commissioner further disclosed that the Commission approved the de-establishment of the Voter Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Liaison Department (VEP) and in its established the Voter Education and Publicity Department (VEP), as well as the Gender and Inclusivity Department (GID). 

According him, the changes in the Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC) are urgent and imperative as the Commission is determined strengthen its statutory powers of prosecuting offenders. 

In thesame vein, Okoye stressed that the Commission is also determined proactively communicate its policies and programmes the Nigerian people and effectively engage and mainstream women’s groups, persons living with disability and other marginalized individuals in the electoral process. 

According to him, these reorganizations and realignments would not affect the structure and functions of the State Offices of the Commission. 

He assured 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. 

Okoye stressed that the re-organisation will be implemented with immediate effect.