Jega: Nigeria cannot hold 2015 elections in one day
If Jega is indeed sincere and honest, then I suggest he adopts the following procedure as a compromise position to the debate on the 2015 election timetable. Procedurally, the Nigerian constitution, like all republican constitutions the world over, places the Legislature first before the Executive. That is why our constitution made provisions for the Legislature first before the Executive. Let INEC simply adopt the constitutional procedure by conducting legislative election first and the executive elections second. This means INEC should conduct elections for States House of Assembly, House of Representatives and House of Senate on February 14th. While the following week, it conducts the elections of governors and president (the two weeks interval as currently proposed is not necessary, as INEC is yet to justify it) on February 21st. This suggestion, if adopted, would have purged INEC of all accusations of impropriety and partiality. But if INEC refuses and still sticks to its current timetable, then Jega should not blame Nigerians who reason that INEC is up to some mischief in the conduct of the 2015 elections.
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It is a reality of life; challenges never end, they are part of every human endeavour. As you solve one, another comes up. Keep on moving and the sky is your limit.
Prof Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman