Don’t expect perfect elections in 2015 –Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said perfect elections are not possible in 2015. It, however,  assured that certain measures were being put in place to achieve success. The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, stated this when the new United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, visited him in Abuja on Monday. – “We are not promising a perfect election in 2015 but we are confident that we will do our best,” he told Entwistle.

But he quickly added that INEC had embarked on the training of its members of staff “in collaboration with development partners’’ as one of the measures to achieve success during the polls. Other steps, according to him, are strategic plans and reorganisation of its members of staff as well as “a retreat to finalise the timetable for the 2015 polls.” He said, “We are still on the continuous voter register and have held a series of meetings with security agencies, civil society organisations and development partners ahead of 2015.” The INEC chairman added that although it was the responsibility of the commission under the Electoral Act to carry out civil and political education, the issue had “always been challenging” because of lack resources. He said, “The resources available to discharge that responsibility are usually insufficient, given the enormity of the task of dealing with a large illiterate population and to get them to understand what to do not only during voting but the larger issues of costing good candidates and so on. So there is a lot of things the CSOs can do.”


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