Abuja - A pro-democracy group has called for the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) government to clarify its position on the readiness to hold general elections next year.
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) it was not enough for the commission to say its preparations are in “top shape.”
“We note with concern the problems that dogged the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
TMG notes that a number of these critical processes have not been concluded so close to the elections. As we speak, we await the final voter register for the 2015 elections, just as we wonder when those who are registering now in the CRV will get their PVCs,” TMG Chairman, Zikirullahi Ibrahim, said.
He called on the INEC leadership to be much more open regarding progress so far and the challenges ahead.
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“This way, Nigerians can better appreciate what is on the ground, and how to adjust in the face of eventualities. In the end, free, fair, transparent and credible elections are non-negotiable in the eyes and minds of all Nigerians,” he added.
The commission must be willing to share the details of its plans, so Nigerians are kept abreast, Ibrahim said.
“We call on INEC to ensure that no eligible voter who has registered is denied the opportunity. We believe Nigerians are itching to know how far the commission has gone with printing of ballot papers, the state of card readers, preparations for logistics amongst a host of other issues.”
- CAJ News