Osun election will be better than Ekiti – Jega

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega

The Chairman said the present Commission had since 2010 when it came on board been devoted to improving the electoral process in Nigeria

Despite widespread applause for the recent Ekiti State governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is working hard to make the upcoming Osun State governorship election better, the Chairman, Attahiru Jega, has said.

He said no effort would be spared to make the Osun election scheduled for August 9, 2014, more qualitative in all aspects than the June 21 Ekiti State election which has been widely acclaimed as the best so far by the Commission. He spoke on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, when the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China, H. E. Gu Xiaojie, paid a courtesy visit to the Commission.

The Chairman said the present Commission had since 2010 when it came on board been devoted to improving the electoral process in Nigeria, “to make it more participatory and ensure that it is more transparent, that elections are conducted consistent with international best standards and in accordance with our own electoral laws.”

He added: “Since 2011, we have been doing our best to keep on improving the integrity and transparency of the electoral process. We have cleaned up the Register of Voters, and we have been doing our best to address the challenge of logistics of deployment, which has been a major obstacle to our conduct of good elections. I am pleased to say there has been progressive improvement in the series of governorship elections that we have conducted since 2011, culminating in the Ekiti election that we conducted two weeks ago, and which has been generally acknowledged as perhaps the best election that we have conducted so far. On the 9th of August, we have another election in Osun State and we are doing everything possible to ensure that the Osun election is better than Ekiti.”

Mr. Jega restated INEC readiness to conduct the 2015 general election in all states of the federation, despite security threats in some areas. He said: “We know that both nationally and internationally, there are concerns about the 2015 general election, partly because of the challenges of security in some states. On our part, we have been doing our best to ensure that we are able to conduct elections in those areas; and we have been working very closely with security agencies to ensure that there is adequate security for the conduct of election in those states.”

The Commission, according to him, has improved its engagement stakeholders – including political parties, security agencies and civil society organisations, among others – in order to deepen the political process.

“We have periodic meetings with these stakeholders where we explain what we are doing and we receive suggestions for improvement; and we take these suggestions on board as we continue to improve the process,” he said.

The Chairman also acknowledged the support of the international community for Nigeria’s electoral process.

“Our development partners have been very helpful, other friends of Nigeria have generally been helpful; they have encouraged us and shown understanding, and that also has gone a long way to contribute to our continuous improvement of the electoral process.”

The Chinese envoy, in his remarks, said there is much that his country and Nigeria could mutually learn from each other’s electoral experience. He added that Nigeria, being an important country in Africa, has global attention on it as it prepares to conduct the 2015 general election.


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  • Truthometer

    Good. The rigging will be more sophisticated than Ekiti’s election.

  • banger

    jega is an hypocrite! I didnt say this for fun, but based on his body language.
    jega didn’t see anything wrong and he hasn’t come out to say the overbearing militarisation of ekiti election is bad, as a prof of pol. sci. he(jega) is comfortable with it.
    jega printed ballot papers used for ekiti election in India, using technology that will make it difficult for ink to stick to the paper, especially some sections of the paper.
    the solution to inec been unnecessarily teleguided by PDP (presidency) is a change in inec laws, the appointment into the management of inec should be by the political parties. At least 5major political parties should nominate people to various positions, it will be ddifficult for them to dance to the tune of a single party. if the chairman is nominated by PDP, the secretary is nominated by APC and apga nominate the treasurer etc, it will be difficult to agree to rig for one party against the other.
    I hope party people will read and agree to suggest this at the confab.

  • vica

    Jega! We know what u did… Rigged that election well enough, osun won’t be d same trust me

    • LUCIA

      Hi Vica, please say what u are sure of. How can you prove that the election was rigged? The only reason why APC could not rig their way through was because the security was very tight, given the opportunity, they would have done just that if not how do you explain the unfortunate APC members who were caught with guns and lots of money, that is aside from the others who were not caught. What were they doing with such items on an election ground if not to manipulate their way through. Trust me, with that kind of security and even more, the Osun State election would be better.

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    Prof.Attahiru Jega has no credibility and good name left behind as Jega-led-INEC is president Ebele Jonathan-PDP presidency extension.Jega led INEC is discredited,tainted with corruption bribery that left Jega speechless and damaged.Jega would try the same method he applied in Ekiti State in Osun State poll in August/14.Jega rigged Ekiti State for PDP president Ebele Jonathan.