Following extensive preparations, remarkable improvements, and lessons learnt from previous elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured that it would deliver elections in 2015 that are better than those it
conducted in 2011.
The INEC further said it will not use the Manual and the Addendum Registers for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections to be conducted this year. It willn only use the Electronic Register.
The INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, gave this assurance yesterday when he received the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, John C.M. Groffen.
Said he: “We’ve done extensive preparations. We have brought additional and remarkable improvement to the electoral process and we feel confident that the electoral process will be remarkably better.”
Professor Jega declared that the challenge the Commission faced in the recent Anambra governorship election was a fluke and was not an indication of what would happen in 2015.
The INEC Chairman said the Commission was committed to lifting the bar remarkably better than 2011 in terms of delivering elections that were free, fair and credible.
He explained that the task of the Commission as an Election Management Body (EMB) was to ensure that elections were conducted in such a fair and transparent fashion that they added to the deepening of Nigeria’s democracy and the stability of the country.
Professor Jega observed that getting elections right was a joint endeavour with critical stake-holders. He added that as the Commission moved towards conducting the 2015 General Elections, it would strengthen its relationship with its stakeholders and Development Partners.
Ambassador Groffen who observed that a stable and inclusive Nigeria was conducive for business, said his country was deeply interested in seeing free, fair elections because they would make Nigeria a more stable democracy.
He assured that the international community would be ready to assist the Commission to meet the aspirations of Nigerians for credible elections.