Elections: Senate President, Mark, commends Jega

FILE PHOTO: David Mark, voting at the recent elections.

Nigeria’s Senate President, David Mark, on Tuesday commended the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, for the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections.

In a speech read by the Senate President, at the plenary meeting, Mr. Mark said the Senate also applauded the innovation of card readers but urged the electoral body to deal with the shortcoming of the tool.

Mr. Mark urged Nigerians to accept the new voting technology as the card readers proved to be effective albeit a few setbacks.

“For the successes of the 2015 general elections, special commendation must go to Prof Attahiru Jega and his team at INEC.

“The introduction of card readers added value to the electoral process.

“The card readers proved to be effective, efficient and result-oriented and we should embrace this technology.

“However, INEC must note the areas of its shortcomings and improve on them”, Mr. Mark said.

There were, however, some opposition to Mr. Mark’s speech, with some lawmakers grumbling when Mr. Mark referred to the efficiency of the card readers.

When Mr. Jega first introduced the card readers to the Senate, members of the Peoples Democratic Party strongly kicked against its use.

Mr. Jega had explained that the card readers would be used to verify rightful owners of Permanent Voters Cards.

He said the readers would check proxy voting and impersonation.

But the PDP legislators queried its efficiency amongst other complaints.

More commendation

Mr. Mark commended Nigerian citizens for ensuring free and fair elections, saying it has proved to the world that Nigeria has laid a solid foundation for democracy to thrive.

He specifically praised President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat to the President-elect, Muhammad Buhari.

“The president’s action added value to the consolidation of democracy in our land.

“It raised the benchmark of peaceful democratic transition and consequently set a new democratic template in our continent, notorious for our infamous sit-tight leaders.

“That singular act saved us from a possible crisis and catastrophe,” he said. Mr. Mark called out “doomsday pastors who predicted disaster”.

He went ahead to congratulate the serving senators who won their gubernatorial election.


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  • burning spear

    The real traitors who betrayed Jonathan are gradually coming out of their holes———————–David Mark the mole Obj planted in the Senate—handing over of governace from general Obasanjo to general buhari——–NIGERIA IS STILL MOVING IN CIRCLES——54 YRS AFTER THE BRITISH LEFT———-NO HEAD NO TAIL—————–

    • burning spear

      President Barack Obama’s decision to provide undeclared backing to the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) and General Buhari, violated a long-time American convention of non-interference in the elections of other sovereign nations.

      The series of patronizing actions, sponsored by the White House, culminated in a joint statement on March 30th 2015 by the American Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Mr. Philip Hammond, alleging that the election results “may be subject to deliberate political interference”.

      This broadside was released when the vote collation was still ongoing, thereby casting undue aspersion not only on the entire electoral process and the almost thirty million voters who participated in it, but indeed the nation itself.

      This was the second unsolicited and unwarranted diatribe by the American and British pair, the first being the denigrating joint missive authored by the same duo on March 21st 2015, precisely seven days prior to the election.

      The said election has already occurred, but the repercussions from the historic event shall continue to generate reactions for many days, weeks, months, years and perhaps for all time.–yET WE HAVE A SENATE PRESIDENT WHO IS SUPPOSED TO KNOW BETTER–BLESSING OBAMA WITH HIS WATERY MOUTH–SEPARATION IS THE KEY TO OUR SALVATION–WHAT A SHAME

      • Olu

        Blame your clueless fellow who had power to do good for people and do not know what to do with the power. If you like say anything you like from today till tomorrow against Obasanjo, it is him God used to put Jonathan in power. We told you this before now that your Jonathan has come to the end of road but you kept on day dreaming. Please, for you health sake go and take a rest.

  • Action_Nigeria

    DAVID MARK + GOODLUCK JONATHAN = MUMU

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