We need to work more for credible, fair polls – Jega

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Sokoto —As the country moves towards the  2015 elections, the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor  Attahiru Jega has said that  more challenging work still needed to be done in order to institutionalise the culture of free and fair elections in the country.

Jega spoke in Sokoto while welcoming members of the joint committees of both houses of the National Assembly on retreat on “INEC/Electoral Matters,” at Giginya Coral Hotel yesterday.

The INEC Chairman stated that the retreat was aimed at updating both the Senate and House of Representatives Committees, on INEC’s plans and preparations and “bridge any communication gaps that may have exist existed.”

He said that although INEC had improved on the conduct of elections since 2011, the outcome had not pleased every Nigerian.

”We all know that there is a lot more challenging work to be done to institutionalise a culture of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections in our country, devoid of lawlessness and impunity with outcomes that are overwhelmingly acceptable to the electorate,” he said.

According to him, “managing and reforming the electoral process, especially in Nigeria is a very challenging task for many reasons,” adding that “we have to re-double our efforts and keep on putting in place mechanisms and processes that would lead to greater successes.”

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