AU Deploys Election Observers To North East

AUThe African Union (AU) has deployed 84 election observers to various parts of the country, including the north-east to monitor the general ‎elections.

Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) and former President of the interim government of Liberia, Professor Amos Sawyer also asked Nigerians to come out en masse to exercise their rights.

While appealing for caution by all parties involved in the electoral process, he called on politicians to accept defeat or channel their grievances ‎to the law courts.

Jega Confident Logistic Challenges Will Be Cut Off During Polls

jegaThe Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has expressed confidence that the decentralisation of distribution of election materials for the 2015 elections would cut off logistic challenges at the forthcoming polls.

Professor Jega said this at a meeting with the former President of Liberia and head of the AU delegation, Professor Amos Sawyer.

Professor Jega told the African Union (AU) election observers in Abuja that this method was not used during the 2011 general elections, hence the late commencement of accreditation and voting at polling units across the country.

The issue of logistics had always posed a major challenge at the polls.

Professor Jega admitted that there were challenges in the methodology of distribution which spiraled into widespread agitations from the electorate.

He added that the electoral body was still growing and would plug all loop holes in future elections.

Jega also urged election officials to ensure that counting of ballot papers after the voting process is done transparently in the presence of local and international observers. He has also warned security personnel against any form of intimidation.

Professor Jega received a letter from the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who promised full support to the nation at this time.

INEC has almost concluded the distribution process nationwide less than 48hours to the polls.

Former Liberian President Asks Out-going Governors To Impact Lives

Amos SawyerA former Liberian President, Professor Amos Sawyer, has urged political and public office holders in Nigeria to see their positions as a call to service by using state resources for the overall benefit of the electorate.

Addressing governors at the Nigeria Governors Forum held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Friday, Professor Sawyer stressed that “it is only when lives are impacted that a transitioned leader can enjoy the dignity of service among his people”.

Professor Sawyer, further asked politicians to play down on party differences, and foster a stronger cooperation to effectively tackle Nigeria’s challenges.

“If there is a spirit of co-operation, the environment for reaching understanding will exit. You must reach common understanding,” he said while delivering a speech on the ‘Life After Service’ for governors.

Professor Sawyer stressed that all public officer holders must begin to “think about what quality of life they want after their service and work towards it before assuming office or immediately after they assume office”.

“The quality of life every office holder will have after service is a function of the quality of service he delivered while in office. “My preparation for exiting office began at the time that I was inducted into office,” the former Liberian President said

He said that when appointed, public service must be seen as a privilege.

“We must be appreciative of the honour given to us to serve and we must be humbled by this opportunity. We must remind ourselves every day that public service is an assignment and not an entitlement. Serving in leadership position is of time bound duration. We must know that others are to follow us and we are in a chain of actors and we have the responsibility to build upon what was done by our predecessors and to leave our footprints for our successors to follow,” he said.