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INEC to overcome security challenges

02 July 2014, 21:31

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 year.

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.”

The Commission, according to him, 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 the country'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.”

He meanwhile assured the Chinese envoy of a credible election in Osun State.

He said no effort would be spared to make the election scheduled for August 9, more qualitative in all aspects than the successful June 21 Ekiti State election.

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.”


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