Jega: Nigeria can­not hold 2015 elec­tions in one day

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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.

Umar Ardo

umarardo@gmail.com

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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.

Sale Kawu

sa­leyau@bmail.com

Prof At­tahiru Jega, INEC Chair­man

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