INEC committed to review of electoral laws ahead of 2015 polls, says Jega

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega

Unveils guidelines for political parties on Wednesday.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, on Tuesday assured that the Commission is committed to the review of the Electoral Act to ensure that the 2015 general elections are better organised than those of 2011.

Mr. Jega stated this while declaring open the second quarterly meeting between INEC and leaders of all political parties in Nigeria at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, but did not elaborate on the planned review.

He said the review will be done to ensure “that the 2015 elections will be much more remarkable than the 2011 election.”

Mr. Jega said that the Commission has finalized work on the guidelines for political parties, adding that some of the suggestions made by the parties were incorporated into the final draft to be presented to them on Wednesday.

“You are also aware that we discussed the outline of guidelines for political parties. We took some of your inputs, the final draft has been finalized and a signed copy will be published. We will make advanced copies available for you tomorrow (Wednesday),” he said.

The INEC chairman also disclosed that the Commission is bringing innovations into the production of voters’ card so as to enhance the accreditation of voters during the 2015 elections and ensure their success.

On the recent re-organisation at INEC, Mr. Jega said, “I know that a lot has happened after our last meeting. The commission did some restructuring and re-organising. The commission did this across the country to ensure that round pegs are put in round holes, to ensure improvements in competences ahead of the 2015 election.”

He said INEC is prepared to receive suggestions from parties through the Independent Political Association of Nigeria, IPAC.

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