The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, is confident the organisation will overcome the security challenges and hold credible polls next year.
He disclosed this following a meeting with the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Gu Xiaojie, who paid a courtesy visit to the Commission on Tuesday. “We know that both nationally and internationally, there are concerns about the 2015 general election, partly because of the challenges of security in some states,” he said.
“On our part, we have been doing our best to ensure that we are able to conduct elections in those areas and we have been working very closely with security agencies to ensure that there is adequate security for the conduct of election in those states.”
According to him, the commission has improved its engagement stakeholders – including political parties, security agencies and civil society organisations, among others in order to deepen the political process.
“We have periodic meetings with these stakeholders where we explain what we are doing and we receive suggestions for improvement; and we take these suggestions on board as we continue to improve the process,”