A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Kano - The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to the conduct of free,
fair and acceptable elections in February.
The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave
the assurance in a paper he presented at a two-day conference on
‘INEC and The 2015 General Elections: Expectations, Prospects and Challenges’
held in Kano.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Conference
was organised by the Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
Jega said preparations for the elections were currently
being finalised to ensure that the process was conducted in accordance with
‘’We give assurance that preparations by INEC for the 2015
general elections are being finalised.
‘’Learning from the experiences of 2011, especially
regarding the need for early preparations, the commission has undertaken the
task of fundamental restructuring of its bureaucracy.
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According to him, the commission has established new
policies to guide its work in addition to embarking on far-reaching planning of
its operations through a strategic plan.
‘’As far as INEC is concerned, the 2015 general elections
will see Nigeria take its rightful place in the global comity of nations where
the electoral democracy is being consolidated,’’ Jega said.
He enjoined all stakeholders to contribute their quota in
order to bring about and ensure free, fair, credible and peaceful elections in
According to him, the call is necessary in view of the fact
that all stakeholders have significant roles to play in conducting the
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof.
Abubakar Rasheed, said the conference was intended to enrich the on-going
conversation on the general elections by refocusing the discussion to the core
issues of necessity and requirements for credible elections.
‘’You will agree with me that any contribution that will be
geared toward making the elections peaceful and successful deserves to be taken
seriously,’’ Rasheed said.