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We Proved Doomsday Predictions Wrong – Jega

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 7:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, on Thursday said that some predictions, especially in some international news media, suggesting that the outcome of the recently concluded general elections may lead to the break-up of the country, have proved to be false due to the generally free, fair, credible and peaceful conduct of the elections.

The INEC Chairman made the comment at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja when he received a delegation led by the Ambassador of Mexico to Nigeria, Marco Antonio Garcia Blanco.

Jega said: “We are indeed very happy that our elections turned out to be well and to have been recognised both nationally and internationally as free, fair, credible and also peaceful. Leading to the election, some impressions had been created, particularly in the international media, as if this may be the end of our country. Thank God it was doomsday prediction, which turned out to be false”.

Jega, who was delighted by the offer to share experiences with other countries, stated that, “We know that the election has not been perfect; we know that it was better than 2011; but there is also a lot of scope for improvement and that is why we welcome every opportunity to visit other countries and to see how they do their own elections and to be able to exchange ideas and to also learn good practices, which we can continue to adapt to our own circumstances for continuous improvement of our own electoral process”.

He appreciated the efforts of the Mexican High Commission in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between both countries in sharing electoral experiences and urged that such bilateral ties should be extended to other sectors.

“You facilitated the signing of the memorandum of understanding, which has been very useful, many of our staff have benefited by participation in some conferences. All these experiences have been useful and beneficial and we cherish the opportunity,” he said.

Earlier, Blanco had said his mission to the INEC headquarters was to “transmit a congratulatory message for the great job that the commission did in the last electoral process.” He said everybody recognised the key role played by the commission in the successes achieved in the elections.

He called on INEC to share experiences with his country, which he said was very important in improving the electoral process in Mexico.

He said: “Your expertise, knowledge and wisdom will be a great asset to our electoral body. With experience sharing, Mexico will benefit a lot.”

Blanco called for continuous strengthening of existing bi-lateral relationship between both countries.