ABUJA – Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday, assured the country that the Commission would overcome all its challenges before the commencement of the elections in February.
This is even as he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers on logistics and election security in the country.
Speaking at a quarterly meeting with political parties at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Jega insisted that INEC was determined not only to conduct a free, fair and credible elections, but a violent-free polls.
“I want to use this opportunity to assure all of you that as we promised Nigerians, we are working assiduously to ensure that we prepare adequately and that we conduct elections that are free, fair, credible and peaceful in 2015.
I want to also assure you that we are committed to ensuring that the elections we will conduct will be remarkable and much better that those we conducted in 2011.
We believe that even though there may be challenges, Such as the distribution of the PVCs, We feel confidently that with the measures and mechanisms that we have put in place, that these challenges are challenges that we can overcome.
“We shall overcome them well in advance of the conduct of the 2015 general elections”, he continued.
He said the meeting was an avenue to provide an update on the preparation for the 2015 general elections.
Signing the MoU, Prof. Jega acknowledged that the NURTW has come a long way and that their cooperation with the Commission in the 2014 Gubernatorial elections in Osun and Ekiti states had helped in no small measure realizing successful polls.
On his part, national president of the NURTW, Alhaji Najeem Yasin commended efforts of INEC so far in restoring global confidence in Nigeria and promised ensuring that the confidence reposed in the Union is justified.