Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I regret the Role I Played in the 2015 Presidential Election: Former INEC Boss, Attahiru Jega

PARIS, FEBRUARY 09, 2018: (DGW) Professor Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of Nigeria's electoral umpire, the Independent
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National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday said he regretted the role he played in the 2015 presidential elections.

He said  Nigeria’s democracy under the existing circumstances was far from what he had expected and not delivering dividends to the people due to politicians' autocracy.

Nigeria, he said, is under autocratic rule, saying that democracy was not thriving in Nigeria because of the autocratic nature of politicians, “who obviously was connected to military rule.
He made this known while speaking on the topic “Three Decades of Democratic Transition in Africa’’ organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja.

He said: “Clearly, everybody knows that military rule is an aberration, and if it has done anything in our continent here in Africa is that it has created very dangerous legacies.

“In Nigeria, we have been talking about `militicians’; many of the prominent politicians now are people who learnt politics under military rule, particularly under the Babangida politics of transition. “Many of them now have a do-or-die mentality of engaging in the election and it is a mindset that was imbibed under the military rule.’’

He said that there was growing frustration in Nigeria that democracy has suffered agonizing setbacks in terms of stability, peaceful coexistence and quality of governance.

“Most times, the electoral process is just a routine because candidates who do not represent the people are imposed on the people.

“So, the lack of integrity of the election coming from a military approach is responsible for undermining democracy in Africa.’’

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Breaking: Senate, House of Reps Agree on Order of 2019 Polls

The Senate and the House of Representatives

have agreed on the order of the 2019 general elections.

The concurrence was reached by both chambers of the National Assembly at a Joint Conference.

The House of Representatives had on January 24, 2018 re-ordered the elections.

Based on the reordering, the the National Assembly election is to hold first, followed by gubernatorial and state assembly, and then the presidential election.

The timetable released earlier by the Independent National Electoral Commission has it that the Presidential and National Assembly elections are to hold first, while the governorship and state assembly polls are to follow.
The House amended section 25 of the Principal Act and substituted it with a new section 25 (1).

According to the section, the elections shall be held in the following order: (a) National Assembly election (b) State Houses of Assembly and Governorship elections (c) Presidential election.

Similarly, section 87 was amended by adding a new section 87 (11) with a marginal note: “Time for primaries of political parties.
“The primaries of political parties shall follow the following sequence (i) State House of Assembly (ii) National Assembly (iii) Governorship, and (iv), President.

“The dates for the above stated primaries shall not be held earlier than 120 days and not later than 90 days before the date of elections to the offices.”
All these received concurrence of the two chambers on Tuesday.