INEC says 2015 elections will surpass previous ones

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it would do everything possible to ensure that the 2015 elections surpassed previous ones in the country.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Enugu State, Dr. Lawrence Azubuike, gave the assurance while exchanging views with the new Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Enugu.

Azubuike said that INEC would ensure timely distribution of election materials, fairness and credibility to meet with international best practices.

According to him, the commission would soon embark on massive voters education and mobilisation, to encourage more people to participate during the elections.

“INEC is determined to continue to improve on its performance. So, we expect that the forthcoming elections will be free, fair and credible more than the 2011 elections.

“That is the reason we have unveiled the timetable almost one year before the elections.

“The idea is to make sure that we are not doing any fire brigade approach; everything is systematic, everything will be done on time.

“Even at the state level, where we are in charge, we pledge that the performance will surpass even the national average or the national standard,” the REC said.

Earlier, the new Director of NOA in the state, Isaac Onukwube, called for partnership with INEC toward mobilising the electorate for the 2015 elections.

Onukwube expressed dismay with the voter apathy in the South East geo-political zone, adding that the agency would work toward surmounting the challenge.

He said the agency would also mobilise citizens of the state to participate actively in the national conference and identity card scheme.

“The major programme we are going to have is on voter education.

“When people are beginning to get registered, whether electronically or manually for impending elections and you sit back, you have already lost the right to vote and to be voted for.

“Very soon, we will begin massive public enlightenment on voter registration,” Onukwube said.

He called on the state and the local governments to support and fund the agency to enable it to mobilise the citizens for active participation in elections.

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