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Former INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega Says Amended Election Timetable Undermines INEC's Independence

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  • Former INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega Says Amended Election Timetable Undermines INEC's Independence

    Former INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega Says Amended Election Timetable Undermines INEC's Independence

    Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the amended election timetable by the national assembly undermines the independence of the electoral body as well as its powers as provided in the constitution.

    He made this known on Thursday while speaking at an event organised by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Development, in Abuja.

    In the amended election timetable recently adopted by both the senate and the house of representatives, the national assembly election will come first, followed by governorship and state house of assembly before the presidential as last, the Cable Nigeria gathered.

    The former INEC chairman remained critical against actions that undermine Nigeria’s democracy, saying there could be reversal to democratic gains if appropriate steps are not taken and would amount to more cost of conducting elections.

    “We should not do anything to undermine the democratic process, thus we need to keep on adding value to the process,” he said, as made available by the Cable Nigeria.

    He said for the nation’s democratic process to remain intact, there is the need to mobilise Nigerians in towns and villages to be part of the electoral process; a role to be played by civil society organisations (CSOs).

    Jega added, as the news site noted: “Whatever we do, we should remember where we are coming from which is as a result of sweat and blood of our compatriots.

    “Our challenges are difficult but not impossible to address. It’s imperative that we find ways to contain the excesses of our politicians come 2019 elections, otherwise their excesses will keep undermining the electoral processes.”
    Last edited by Paul Iregbenu; 02-23-2018, 07:03 PM.

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