2015 elections will be better than 2011’s – Jega

Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has assured Nigerians that the credibility of 2015 elections would be far better than that of 2011.

Speaking at a workshop organised by Nigerian Women Trust Fund on women’s participation in politics and decision-making, Jega said INEC learnt its lessons after the 2011 elections, hence had been working round the clock to make next year’s a commendable one.

Jega said the Commission had been reorganised, restructured and focused in developing new policies that would create the right normative framework for successful elections in 2015 and beyond, adding that the Commission’s staffers were being trained in partnership with development partners from all over the world in order to boost the integrity of the commission, as well as achieving maximum result.

“After the 2011 elections, we learnt our lessons, so now we are putting all hands on deck to make next year’s elections better than that of 2011. First of all, we want to enhance the integrity of the commission restructuring and re-organising the commission as well as checking the professionalism of our staff. We are training and retraining them in partnership with our partners.

“Also, we a detailed strategic programme of action as well as a detailed election project plan whose implementation will ensure seamless execution of specific tasks leading to the 2015 elections.”
However, Jega said the Commission would commence Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) nationwide in June, adding that it would last until September.

According to him, the CVR will get more citizens onto the electronic register ahead of 2015 elections, as INEC has stopped using Addendum register for elections.

He added that issuance of Permanent Voters Cards would also begin in June, and the cards would be chipped with readers that would ensure 100 per cent verification and authentification of voters.

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