The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said on Thursday that some politicians were still unhappy with the conduct of the 2011 elections, in spite of the improvements recorded in the electoral system.
Jega said such politicians expected 100 per cent perfection in the conduct of the exercise. He made the remarks during a visit by a delegation of young experts on the platform of Friedrich Ebert Stftung Foundation in Abuja.
“Politicians will always be unhappy with the results of elections but there are clear variables which indicate how those elections were better than the previous ones. “If you compare for example, litigation alone, you know Nigerians love litigation which is good because you try to protect or advance your right, then you will see that INEC did well,” he said.
Jega noted that in 2011, there were only 600 electoral cases and 99 per cent of the judgments were favourable to INEC compared to more than 1,500 cases in 2007 elections.
“That is not to say that the conduct of the 2011 elections was perfect. There were still cases of errors on our part, but various measures have been put in place to improve the conduct of 2015 general election,” he added. These include a strategic plan to be ready by August, restructuring of INEC and motivation of staff to increase professionalism and make INEC more efficient in service delivery.
Jega added that INEC was working on issuance of permanent voters’s card to millions of Nigerians this year, in the first phase of the project. He said that would contain the necessary information and details of voters to be embedded in the cards.
FES Regional Director, Mr. Felix Henke, who led the delegation, said members were in Nigeria on a fact-finding mission and how to tackle various political challenges in other African countries.
The delegates were drawn from ECOWAS countries.