2015 elections will meet international standards –Jega
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega yesterday said universally accepted standards for democratic elections will be adhered to during the 2015 elections.
Jega, who spoke during the “INEC-State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) experience sharing” conference in Kaduna said he was confident that the 2015 elections will be better than previous elections and that they will be accepted by international observers.
He said the commission has been proactive in putting together strategies that will guarantee free and fair elections including the establishment of genuine election management system, better election strategies as well as making consultations with stakeholders.
“2015 election will be much better in terms of complying with international standards. It will be better than the 2011 election not just on election-to-election basis,” he said.
He said the commission will ensure gender equity and compliance in all its activities, prudence in continuous update of voter register as well as re-delineation of electoral constituencies. There are close to 120,000 polling units in the country and we believe there should be more units to decongest those that are more problematic to manage,” he said.
He said democracy can only flourish if credible local government elections are conducted, adding: “We cannot build democracy nationally if there is no foundation at the grassroots”.