INEC has not sus­pended con­stituency de­lin­eation

Daily Trust - - VIEWS -

The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) has not sus­pended the plan for con­stituency de­lin­eation, con­trary to claims by Daily Trust in its ed­i­to­rial yes­ter­day April 16th, 2014. Also, the Chair­man of INEC, Pro­fes­sor At­tahiru Jega, has never blamed the Na­tional As­sem­bly for not pass­ing an en­abling law for the ex­er­cise. No such law is re­quired.

The con­stituency de­lin­eation pro­gramme by INEC is well un­der­way, and this is best ev­i­denced by the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Na­tion Com­mit­tee on Con­stituency De­lim­i­ta­tion in Abuja at the in­stance of the Com­mis­sion on Mon­day, March 31st, 2014. This com­mit­tee, be­sides INEC, in­volves the chief ex­ec­u­tives of rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Na­tional Bound­aries Com­mis­sion (NBC), Na­tional Space Re­search De­vel­op­ment Agency (NASRDA), Sur­veyor-Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, and the Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion Com­mis­sion (NPC), among oth­ers. INEC also never “high­lighted the ger­ry­man­der­ing role of the Na­tional As­sem­bly in the mat­ter,” as Daily Trust claims, be­cause no such role is be­ing played. What the Com­mis­sion has al­ways said is that what­ever con­stituency ar­range­ment it comes up with will have to be val­i­dated by the Na­tional As­sem­bly, as re­quired by the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion (as amended), be­fore it could be­come ef­fec­tive.

The ed­i­to­rial in ques­tion does not re­flect the facts of the on­go­ing de­lin­eation ex­er­cise.

Kay­ode Robert Idowu, Chief Press Sec­re­tary to INEC Chair­man

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