We Are Working With Security Agencies To Guarantee Safe Elections In Troubled States – INEC Chairman

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega has said that the upcoming Osun State governorship election will be much better and well run than Ekiti State governorship election.

He revealed that the August 9 2014, will be better in all parts than past Ekiti State election, The commissioner had said described the June 21 election as the best election so far by INEC.

He was hosting the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China, H. E. Gu Xiaojie today, and revealed improvement which happened under his term as INEC chairman.

He said: “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.”

Jega addressed the security state of the nation saying: “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.”

INEC have always been criticized in the past for shady elections, but with the recent Ekiti State election, it seems that they are in the right direction.