Nigeria’s electoral body receives commendation

By Taiwo Ojedele, Lagos

Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC has been commended for its conduct in the last general election.

A Public affairs analyst, Joachim Aro gave the commendations when he spoke with Voice of Nigeria in Lagos.

The analyst noted that in spite of the challenges encountered by the electoral commission it was still able to deliver largely successful results in last year’s polls.

“INEC really has tried, I give it to them, they have tried their best, the only problem was that they were overwhelmed by the desperation of the political class,” he said.

He called for more support from other institutions of government such as the Police and the Judiciary to ensure credible and violence free elections in the future.

Mr. Joachim suggested that the electoral commission also needs to consider staggered elections in the future.

He said this will help to further reduce the perennial logistics and manpower challenges encountered by the commission during the conduct of elections in all States of the Federation in one day.

“I think INEC should consider staggering Nigeria’s elections. It needs to look at things on ground, necessity is the mother of invention and for our security personnel; are they able to handle the 36 States during the election? Joachim queried.

Card reader
He further advised INEC to improve on its use of the card readers as well as remain unbiased and innovative in the course of organizing hitch free elections in the country.

The recent elections organized by INEC in some States in Nigeria are still generating reactions in the polity.

This is because of the intrigues surrounding the elections in the said states and violence experienced during the conduct of the polls.

The Public affairs analyst said INEC should be commended for its performance at the just concluded elections in Rivers, Bayelsa and Kogi States despite the challenges observed.