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2015 Elections: Odinkalu Canvasses Support for INEC

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IMAGE: Dr Chidi Odinkalu, Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission »


The Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Dr Chidi Odinkalu, yesterday in Abuja urged Nigerians to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make the 2015 general election a success.

Speaking at an interactive session with top INEC staff which was jointly organised by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) and the Open Society Initiatives for West Africa (OSIWA), Odinkalu said although INEC under the leadership of Attahiru Jega was not a perfect institution, the commission had demonstrated integrity which hitherto was lacking in the organisation.

He however asked the commission to take into account the security challenges in the country in preparing for the next general election.

According to him, recent elections conducted  commission had shown tremendous improvement.

The Country Officer of OSIWA, Jude Ilo, called on INEC to put more efforts on voters’ enlightenment programme.

He said the success of the 2015 elections would largely depend on a successful voters registration exercise.

He noted that there has been a remarkable improvement in the way INEC’s affairs as regards pre-election preparation are conducted.
However, Ilo advised the electoral body to do its utmost in terms of voters’ education, noting that “if people are well educated on the on-going voters registration exercise, they will respond better to it and that will be a boost to the 2015 elections.”

Earlier, the Executive Director of PLAC, Clement Nwankwo, while welcoming participants to the dialogue also acknowledged the “steady progress being made by INEC.”

He also charged the commission to boost its projects on voter education.
He urged participants to be free to critique INEC with a view to drawing attention to  areas which it needs to improve on, noting that the dialogue is “to discuss ways of supporting INEC to deliver on voter education.”

Civil society organisations present at the meeting also urged INEC to intensify its effort with education of voters on the ongoing registration exercise in the country, saying it was essential to the success of the 2015 general election.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 5 Years ago

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