INEC Will Not Repeat Mistakes Of Anambra In Ekiti, Osun Guber Polls – Jega



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that it will improve on its conduct of elections this year.

Speaking with particular reference to the forthcoming governorship elections in Osun and Ekiti states later this year, INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said the electoral body was determined not to allow a repeat of the mistakes that played out in the November 16 governorship elections in Anambra.

Jega made this known Wednesday in Abuja when he hosted the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, John C.M Groffen, at the commission’s headquarters.

The ambassador cautioned against political instability in the country ahead of 2015.

Jega, who acknowledged the various concerns expressed about the 2015 general elections, stressed that there would not be a recurrence of previous mistakes.

According to him, “What happened in Anambra was unfortunate and it will not in any way represent what will happen in 2015. We learnt additional lessons from it and we are factoring it in our preparations for 2015.

“We will have two governorship elections this year and we are doing all possible to ensure they are conducted smoothly, freely and fairly. We have mapped out detailed plans from previous elections.

“We are aware that stable nation, will lead to improved economic growth. Our job is to use electoral process to ensure that elections are conducted with credibility and add to political and economic stability of the country.

“I am pleased to inform you that prospects of the coming year are good because we have done extensive research and preparations since 2011. And we have made remarkable improvements into the process.

“As we move to 2015, we are confident that it will be much better that 2011. Elections in Nigeria considering its size and complicity are very challenging but those challenges are not insurmountable. We have also learnt the hard way that sometimes in spite of our best efforts things happen which raise questions about our preparations”.

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