The Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River state, Mr Mike Igini reiterated the call by the commission’s chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega that politicians should not over heat the polity ahead of the 2015 general elections.
He justified the call by citing the events that followed 2011 general elections noting that “the commission sat after the elections and collated all the reports from the 36 states of the federation, made evaluation and it was very clear that from the analysis done, looking at our strengths, weakness, opportunities, threats in terms of both internal and external factors, it was clear to us that one of the critical stakeholders whose action or inaction will impact negatively or positively on the electoral process remains the political class”.
While speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Igini said the commission noted that the 2011 general election could have been better than it was but was glad to reveal that “Nigerians and the international communities all came with one result; that the 2011 election was a remarkable departure from what used to happen before”.
He added that new visioning process was brought into being because of the commission’s drive to move from where it stopped in 2011 to provide a better electoral process in 2015 hence the setting up of a Strategic Planning Committee.
He further added that “we (INEC) want to be one of the best commissions that organizes election in the whole world, we came out with our own mission that INEC as a body must be an effective entity committed to the conduct of free, fair and credible election for sustainable democracy in the country”.