Anambra: INEC not responsible for observers’ detention – Jega

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Politics

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said on today, Thursday that the electoral body was not responsible for the arrest of some observers during the November 16 governorship election in Anambra.
Jega, who was represented by Prof. Mohammed Kuna, stated this at a lecture entitled: “The Road to 2015 Elections; Prospect and Challenges” in London.
It would be recalled that some observers, including former FCT Minister Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, were detained during the elections which INEC later declared inconclusive.
“I don’t know under what basis Mallam Nasir el-Rufai went to Anambra State, and the commission has no hand in it.
“There are procedures for accrediting observers; they are usually briefed and trained ahead of the exercise.
“And after the elections, they submit their report,” Jega said while answering questions from participants.
He attributed challenges to free and fair elections to include the attitude of some political elite.
“Politicians are not election observers, if the parties involved refuse to abide by the law that will pose a problem,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the INEC boss as saying at the forum.
Jega, who expressed concern over irregularities in the election, said the commission had launched an inquiry to ascertain the cause of the problem.
“We have summoned our officials; we want to have a comprehensive understanding of what took place.
“We had adequate logistic in place, deployment of electoral materials were done in time, so what happened?”
According to Jega, a better understanding of the challenges in the Anambra election will guide the commission in 2015.

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