ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged traditional rulers to encourage their subjects to promote peace and avoid conflict through regular meetings, to ensure peaceful 2015 general elections.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave the advice at a one-day summit organised by the commission in Abuja with traditional rulers in attendance.
Jega also called on the stakeholders to do every possible to promote peaceful conduct of elections, mitigate conflicts and prevent violence.
He stressed that peaceful elections were absolutely necessary to consolidate and deepen the country’s democracy.
“It is important to note that free, fair and credible elections do not begin and end with only the procedures that INEC puts in place for the conduct of such elections.
“No matter how well elections are conducted, if the outcome is conflict-ridden and violent, it will lose its essence of deepening democracy.