Abuja - The Chairman of the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, is confident the
organisation will overcome the security challenges and hold credible polls next
He disclosed this following a meeting with the Ambassador of the People’s
Republic of China, Gu Xiaojie, who paid a courtesy visit to the Commission on
Tuesday. “We know that both nationally and internationally, there are concerns about the
2015 general election, partly because of the challenges of security in some
states," he said.
"On our part, we have been doing our best to ensure that we are able to
conduct elections in those areas and we have been working very closely with
security agencies to ensure that there is adequate security for the conduct of
election in those states.”
According to him, the commission has improved its engagement stakeholders –
including political parties, security agencies and civil society organisations,
among others – in order to deepen the political process.
“We have periodic meetings with these stakeholders where we explain what we are
doing and we receive suggestions for improvement; and we take these suggestions
on board as we continue to improve the process,” he said.
The Chairman also acknowledged the support of the international community for
Nigeria’s electoral process.
“Our development partners have been very helpful, other friends of the country have generally been helpful; they have encouraged us and shown understanding, and
that also has gone a long way to contribute to our continuous improvement of
the electoral process.”
Meanwhile he has assured the Chinese envoy of a credible election in Osun State. He said no effort would be spared to make the Osun election scheduled for
August 9 more qualitative in all aspects than the successful June 21 Ekiti
The poll has been widely acclaimed as the best handled so far by the
commission. Jega said the commission had since 2010, when it came on board, been devoted to
improving the electoral process in Nigeria.
“INEC will seek to make it more participatory and ensure that it is more
transparent, that elections are conducted consistent with international best
standards and in accordance with our own electoral laws” he said.