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‎Jega urges RECs to shun distractions ahead of general elections


AS the general elections draws nearer, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the commission’s States Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) not to allow distractions derail their focus in facilitating the delivery of credible elections in Nigeria.

Jega who spoke during a meeting to review the commission’s preparedness towards the elections warned that “There are a lot of things to distract us but we need to remain focus and resilient. We have to remain focus to do everything possible to ensure that the elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11 are more better than 2011 election and the subsequent bye-elections conducted since 2011.

“We need to continue to engage all stakeholders to inform and carry them along because the support of everybody is necessary to have the beat election that Nigerians want,” he said.

The electoral umpire said the meeting with the RECS was specifically designed to affords the commission to review outstanding matters relating to the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), relocation of polling units and field testing of the cad readers which was held on Saturday.

“This meeting is an opportunity for us to examine closely in areas where there are still gaps and things we need to do in the next two weeks to keep adding values to our preparations,’’ he said.

He also called on politicians to exhibit restraint and avoid actions that would further heat up the polity; assuring Nigerians that the commission was determined to ensure that the general elections were free, fair and credible.

Jega urged candidates as well as political parties to respect the peace accord they recently assented to and endeavour to conduct themselves within the confines of the Electoral Act in order to achieve credible elections in Nigeria.

“We all need to ensure that the elections are peaceful because peaceful election is what will promote stability that will lay the foundation for development that our country requires.”

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