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Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2014

2015: Why we can’t conduct elections same day – INEC

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INEC-Attahiru-JegaBy Lawrence Olaoye

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it would not accede to calls for it to conduct elections same day in 2015 because of the rate of illiteracy in the country.

Speaking in an interactive session with newsmen, organized by INEC in conjunction with the UNDP, Dr. Chuks O. Iyimosa, an INEC Commissioner and Chairman of the Commission’s Information Committee, who represented the Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, at the parley said conducting the 2915 general elections same day would be daunting for the Commission.

Iyimosa said the level of illiteracy among the electorates would make it cumbersome for them to decipher multiple candidates on the ballot papers should the Commission conduct the elections on same day.

The Commissioner, who admitted relative failure in the conduct of the Anambra state governorship elections, said the INEC has made necessary preparation for the conduct of both Ekiti and Osun states governorship election coming up this year.

He disclosed that the Commission has put in place measures to detect multiple registrations by ensuring the distribution of permanent voters’ card beginning with both Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.

According to him, over 60 million permanent voters’ cards are ready to be distributed to their owners ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Iyimosa also fingered insecurity, paucity of funds, lack of internal democracy in the political parties as well as the negative attitude of politicians as some of those challenges facing the Commission.

Commenting on why electoral offenders are rarely prosecuted, Iyimosa said most often than not, thorough investigations are not carried out by the Police before the offenders are charged to court.

 

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