Group Expresses Satisfaction With Electoral Reforms

Channels Television  
Updated September 10, 2014

Osun_Election_Police-BigA coalition of civil society and advocacy groups in Abuja has expressed satisfaction with the recent electoral reforms of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

At the a a meeting with INEC’s officials, the groups said that the recent elections in Ekiti and Osun States showed that the electoral body had the capability to conduct credible elections in 2015.

They commended the electoral commission for steps it had taken in recent times, including the continuous voters’ registration exercise and the issuance of the Permanent Voters Cards for the elections.

They, however, expressed concerns over the conducts of politicians during political rallies and the insecurity in some parts of the country, saying these are the greatest challenge ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Eliminate Rigging

The meeting was held to assess INEC’s issuance of permanent voters cards and the level of citizen’s awareness ahead of the elections in 2015.

Conveners of the meeting hope to adopt strategies that will encourage greater voters awareness and participation during the polls.

During its presentation, the electoral commission demonstrated how the new voter’s card technology would help eliminate rigging during the polls.

According to the commission, electorates who are unable to collect their permanent voters cards from the designated centres could pick them up at their local government head quarters before the 2015 general elections in February.