Posted by Grand News | 11 December 2018 | 475 times
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and all election stakeholders have been urged to ensure that the 2019 elections are free, fair, credible and transparent.
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki made the call in his opening address at a one day public hearing on “Vote Buying and Improving Electoral Processes in Nigeria”, organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on INEC, in Abuja.
He stated that this has become imperative as the country is in a delicate situation where Africa and the entire world is looking forward to what happens in the coming elections.
“This is understandable when you consider that our President is the Chairman of ECOWAS,” Saraki said. “Moreover, the Chairman of our INEC is the head of Electoral Commissions in West Africa. With these positions, it is clear that we cannot afford to conduct an election that will not be credible, peaceful, free and fair.”
He noted that having set an enviable record in the 2015 general elections, the country cannot afford to lower the standard in 2019, adding that “We must up the ante, because whatever we do, will have an impact on the continent and serve as a representation of Africa on the global stage.”
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