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April 11 Polls: We Will do Everything to Address Observed Challenges – Prof. Jega
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has assured that the Commission will not rest on its oars in further improving on the successes of the presidential election during the April 11th scheduled Governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
He said INEC will do everything possible to address some of the observed challenges in the last Presidential and National Assembly elections held March 28th.
Professor Jega gave the assurance last week when the leadership of the two Committees saddled with the responsibility of performing over sight function on INEC at the National Assembly visited the Commission.
The INEC Chairman told the Commission’s visitors, Senator Andy Uba, Chairman Senate Committee on INEC; and Honourable Jerry Manwe, Chairman House Committee on Electoral Matters that: “We are committed to continue to improve the electoral process and we have come a long way from 2011. There are bound to be challenges, and indeed there were some challenges. We have identified these, and we have commenced doing our best to ensure that as many of them as possible are addressed before the governorship and state assembly elections”.
While appreciating the tremendous support INEC enjoyed from the National Assembly especially from both committees that oversee its affairs, Professor Jega pledged the Commission’s commitment towards working together to deepen democracy in Nigeria. Said he: “We will continue to work with the Senate Committee on INEC and the House Committee on Electoral Matters and you as the leadership of those committees, so that we will continue to strengthen electoral process and deepening our democracy in our country”.
He appreciated the patience and support of Nigerians, while still calling on them to extent same to the Commission in order to make the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections much more successful than the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Responding, Senator Andy Uba, expressed deep appreciation for the way and manner the Commission conducted itself and the electoral activities. He expressed joy that the successful conduct of the presidential election and its outcome had laid to rest the perceived fears of many Nigerians.
On his part, Honourable Manwe, said their visit was to commend and encourage the Commission under the leadership of Professor Attahiru Jega and to express their support for its work. He said: “The peace we have enjoyed these few days, the cooperation we have enjoyed is because you people are meticulous, committed and refuse to allow anybody to truncate the wheels of democracy.”