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Delineation of Constituencies Won’t Affect 2015 Elections, Says INEC

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IMAGE: Prof. Attahiru Jega, The INEC Chairman, NASDRA, Mr. Clement Nwankwo, Hon. Jerry Manwe, »


The ongoing delineation of federal and states constituencies by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will shave no immediate implications or distort the current senatorial, federal and states constituencies  in the run-off to the  2015 general election.

Also, INEC has said the process cannot be concluded and submitted to the National Assembly for its official seal until after the 2015 general election.

By implication, the delineation of constituencies would not affect the 109 senatorial districts, the 360 House of Representatives constituencies as well as various state Houses of Assembly constituencies.

This was disclosed by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, at a public hearing on ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend the Electoral Act N0. 6 of 2010’ before the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters.

According to the INEC chairman, “even though the commission had covered substantial grounds, there was a lot to be done and that the commission was concerned with doing a job that is good, scientific and impartial.”

He regretted that as at now, the country’s Polling Units (PUs) and Registration Areas (RAs) had not been mapped and that they needed to be Geographic Information System (GIS) - configured and mapped and that Registration Areas needed to be clearly demarcated.

Without maps, he explained, “you cannot configure the constituencies. You need to develop maps and then put the population figures.”

Besides, the INEC Chairman explained that the process of delimitation was “too close to the 2015 general election to say we will be able to complete it and come to the National Assembly.”

Jega praised the commission’s partners such as the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation (OSGOF); the National Population Commission (NPC); the National Agency for Space Research and Development (NASDRA); and the National Boundary Commission (NBC) for making tremendous resources available to the commission. “Working together, we have been able to pool a lot of resources,” he told the committee.

The INEC chairman said the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) were being deployed to monitor governorship elections in order to learn and to factor the lessons they had learnt in the conduct of their own elections in future.

He explained that the experience garnered by the RECs had added value to the work of the commission.
He described the Diaspora Voting as good international practice which Nigeria needed to emulate.
Already, he disclosed, INEC staff had observed Diaspora Voting in other countries and that INEC had lent its ballot boxes to a number of embassies in Nigeria which had conducted elections for their citizens who were legally resident in Nigeria.
In his goodwill message at the occasion, the Executive Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), Mr. Clement Nwankwo, one of the supporters of the public hearing, had underscored the need to visit amendments to the Electoral Act in good time before partisan considerations intervened.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, commended the House Committee on Electoral Matters, chaired by Hon. Jerry Manwe, for doing a thorough job.

The Speaker observed that the public hearing was part of a chain of events in the course of amending the Electoral Act and that it allowed the people to be part of the government process. He remarked that if the country’s electoral law was morally and technically sound, it would ensure free, fair and credible elections.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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