Jega: Nigeria can­not hold 2015 elec­tions in one day

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), Pro­fes­sor At­tahiru Jega, has said there would be chaos and con­fu­sion if all the gen­eral elec­tions in 2015 are held in one day.

The INEC chair­man said that such an ex­er­cise would be largely im­peded by huge lo­gis­tics chal­lenges which could re­verse the al­ready recorded im­prove­ments in the coun­try’s re­cent elec­tions.

Pro­fes­sor Jega made this known dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tive meet­ing with ed­i­tors and news di­rec­tors in Abuja.

He added that in­suf­fi­cient voter ed­u­ca­tion in a coun­try with a high il­lit­er­acy rate and the large num­ber of bal­lot pa­pers in­volved in such an en­deavor would p prac­ti­cally y make it im­pos­si­ble p for the com­mis­sion to con­duct elec­tions in one day.

“There is the com­plaint now that vot­ers are not suf­fi­ciently ed­u­cated and they are wast­ing their votes…there’ll be chaos and con­fu­sion. We do not be­lieve it should be done in 2015. We should not bite more than we can chew,” he said.

Project Di­rec­tor, UNDP-Demo­cratic Gov­er­nance for Democ­racy (DGD), Mour­tada Deme while de­liv­er­ing a good­will mes­sage, said the me­dia plays a cru­cial role in keep­ing cit­i­zens en­gaged in the busi­ness of gov­er­nance since any healthy po­lit­i­cal pro­cesses re­quire pluralism and open com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

He added that by pro­vid­ing a vi­brant and free en­vi­ron­ment for com­mu­ni­ca­tion, de­bate and de­lib­er­a­tion, the me­dia helped to es­tab­lish good gov­er­nance and pro­mote a more ac­count­able lead­er­ship.

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