INEC did not promise a perfect election in 2015, says Jega
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Monday sounded unconvincing on the 2015 general election.
Jega said the electoral body was not promising a perfect election come 2015.
Jega, who spoke during an audience with the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle at the INEC Headquaters, Abuja, however said the commission will do its best.
He said, “We are not promising a perfect election in 2015 but we are confident that we will do our best. We have taken some steps to achieve this, for instance staff training in collaboration with development partners, strategic plans and reorganized staff. We are planning a retreat to finalize the timetable for 2015.
“We are still on the continuous voters’ register and have held series of meetings with security agencies, CSOs and development partners ahead of 2015. While it is the responsibility of INEC to organize civic and other registration awareness, the commission faces challenges of funding as well.
“It is our responsibility under the Electoral Act to do civil education and even political education generally. It has always been challenging because the resources available to discharge that responsibility are usually insufficient, given the enormity of the task of dealing with a large illiterate population and to get them really understand what to do not only during voting but the larger issues of choosing good candidates and so on.”
In his remark, the US Ambassador assured Nigeria of his country’s support.