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Jega Applauds RECs, Hopes For Improved Elections

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 12:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri –  Uyo


The chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has expressed satisfaction over the successful conduct of 2015 general elections, adding that there will be improvement in future elections.

He has attributed outcomes of the 2015 general elections to sacrifice, hard work and tireless efforts by the resident electoral commissioners. Noting that one of the sacrifices the commission had to make was the untimely death of Kano State REC, Alhaji Munkaila Abdullahi.



The INEC boss stated this in Uyo on Thursday during post-2015 general election assessment retreat for resident electoral commissioners on the theme, “2015 general elections: Lessons and way forward”.

The retreat, according to Jega was to among other things offer INEC RECs the opportunity to review what they had done from 2011 to 2015 and to focus attention on areas in which the commission needed improvement.

He noted that the retreat was an important avenue to generate needed feedback to give to the next commission and to those who will remain in INEC with a view to contributing to refurbish electoral processes and deepening Nigeria’s democracy.

“I congratulate all electoral commissioners for a job well-done and for contributing to the success in conducting 2015 general elections.

“We have worked very hard and tirelessly; we have had to make enormous sacrifices in order to get the outcome that we had. And one of those sacrifices was the untimely death of one of us, the electoral commissioner of Kano State, Alhaji Munkaila Abdullahi.

“These are sacrifices we had to make for our country because as Nigerians we want our country to progress and to develop, and we want the process of governance to satisfy the needs and aspiration of our people,” he said.

Jega, however, said that the states that suspended the use of card readers for manual accreditation for governorship and state house of assembly elections, breached INEC directives that on no account should manual accreditation be administered on both elections.

The commission chairman assured that the tribunal will look into the areas where card readers were put aside for manual accreditation. He noted that there was a difference between using card readers and using incident forms.

He explained that if a person used card readers and his fingerprints were not read; once his details had been verified, he or she would be accredited to vote upon completion of an incident form.

He said, “What we meant by saying that card readers must be used, is that we did not expect in any polling unit any person to say that the card readers were not functioning, and as a result opted for manual accreditation, no!