CNPP Press Statement – Jega Commended on Riot Act to RECs, Admonished About 2011 Timetable

1 Comment » September 19th, 2010 posted by // Categories: Elections 2011



PRESS STATEMENT 19 SEPTEMBER 2010

JEGA’S RIOT ACT TO RECS

JEGA PLEASE COME DOWN FROM THE HIGH HORSE

Conference of Nigerian Political Parties {CNPP} monitored with keen interest the retreat conducted by Independent National Electoral Commission {INEC} at Tinapa Resort Calabar, last week and welcome the Riot Act issued by the chairman of the Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega ; but however plead with him to come down from the high Horse.

Professor Jega issued stern warning, ’Do not compromise your principle on the resolve of this electoral body to conduct a free, fair, credible and acceptable elections for Nigerians next year, no matter the height of inducement from any quarter of desperate politicians. We all have to protect the integrity of the Commission and our nation.’

Going further Professor Jega admonished, ‘it has become imperative for all of you to know and be conscious of the fact that this is a brand new INEC. Nobody should get himself involved in anything that runs foul of the laws and ethics of the Electoral Act in the discharge of his or her duty during the conduct of the 2011 general poll’.

On the National Voter Registration exercise, Professor Jega told the Resident Electoral Commissioners, ’INEC has almost concluded the procurement of sophisticated machines and equipment required for the registration exercise. We have also commenced the recruitment of over 360,000 staff that are needed for the National Voter Register and the development of new software’.

CNPP while commending Professor Jega for issuing the Riot Act to the Resident Electoral Commissioners to desist from falling into the hands of desperate politicians; however we plead with Professor Jega to come down from the high Horse and face the realities of impossible timeline to actualize his set target to compile a clean National Voter Register, a precondition for free, fair and transparent election.

We are also at a loss whether Professor Jega truly believes he can meet the set target or make a brand new INEC; when as of today barely 43 days to the commencement of National Voter Register, no procurement contract has been finally awarded and no staff out of the 360,000 has even commenced training to man the sophisticated machines.

How can the Commission guarantee a clean National Voters Register, when even the companies given Request for Quotation have no record of biometric identification and data capture as core business, have no record of executing similar projects within short timeline; nor had any of them participated in Finger Print Verification Competition {FVC} annually organized by Federal Bureau Investigation {FBI}?

We had expected INEC to come out sober from the Calabar Retreat, pleading for extension of time; instead of pocketbook sermon, when in actual fact the rigging has started when the companies which were offered Request for Quotation were not transparently nominated.

We are earnestly calling on Professor Jega to come down from the high Horse and request formally for the amendment of the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 to be further amended or suspended; to enable the new INEC to work within pragmatic timeline for a clean National Voters Register.

CNPP wants Professor Jega and his team to succeed, but we wonder how they will succeed when they are working outside the parameters of logistics and procurement process, which is why we propose for the elections to be held in March or April 2011.

For the avoidance of doubt there is nothing sacrosanct about the amendments in neither the Constitution nor the Electoral Act 2010; for the core recommendations of the Uwais Report were largely ignored.

Let nobody blame the Resident Electoral Commissioners when an untidy and tainted National Voters Register is compiled in a rush to satisfy desperate politicians.

Lastly, we challenge Professor Jega and his team to push for the change of the INEC Timetable or else we accuse them of aiding and abating the rigging of the 2011 elections which commenced on January 2009 in Minna Niger State; when the National Assembly, Joint Committee on Constitutional Review {JCCR} deliberately started chasing shadow, placed spanner in the works, by delaying the amendment exercise and hence placed the interest of the Peoples Democratic Party {PDP} above national interest.

Osita Okechukwu

National Publicty Secrtary

CNPP

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One Response to “CNPP Press Statement – Jega Commended on Riot Act to RECs, Admonished About 2011 Timetable”

  1. Moses Ogbeiye says:

    This has become my usual song anywhere and anytime that comments are required on this subject. That no country can conduct a free and fair election until her population is properly documented in a corrupt free manner. Election rigging starts from the registration of voters. Can anyone tell me why in Nigeria – with all the people who say they are educated- we still don,t know who is a Nigerian and who the people are that are voting. Give the people a national ID and corruption will be half way out. Until you do this ……more tears

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