The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, called for a collaboration among it, the media and other stakeholders to ensure successful 2015 general elections.
The Commission also said it was committed to improving on the success recorded in 2011 elections.
Chairman of the commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, made the call while in audience with top management team of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, led by its Acting Director-General, Dr. Samson Shuaibu, who paid him a courtesy call.
According to Jega, INEC is committed to a thorough voter education and public enlightenment before the 2015 elections.
Jega, who noted that this was an area the media was essentially needed, said: “We, in INEC, are aware of the enormous responsibilities that have been placed in our hands to produce a framework and deepen democracy in our country.
“We have been doing our best and we have benefited tremendously from participation of stakeholders and it is this partnership with INEC that was responsible for the achievements recorded in the 2011 elections”.
“Since the 2011 elections, we have been doing our best to fine tune the procedures to engage all the stakeholders and ensure that we keep on improving the process. Our determination is to ensure that the 2015 elections remain much more better that of 2011 elections.”
“Nigeria is blessed with media organizations that are professional, competent and patriotic. They have been contributing very positively to not only promoting national unity and development but also promoting the need for democracy and good governance in our country.”
According to INEC boss, elections can only be adjudged successful, free and fair when all stakeholders, which also involve the citizenry, work together to discharge their civic responsibilities.
“The success of credible election is not that of INEC alone but by and large the work of all citizens who are enlightened, mobilized and who discharge their civil duties and responsibilities in the electoral process.
“The citizens have to be sensitized, educated and have to be mobilized for them to discharge that civic responsibility. We all have a responsibility to work together,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the DG, FRCN, Dr. Shuaibu, said FRCN has converted its Short Wave (SW) Channel to educational service channel, suggesting that such innovation will boost the voter education programme of INEC.
“No other media can do it better than FRCN. We decided to pay you a courtesy visit because of your commitment to organizing a free, fair and credible election in Nigeria and to explore areas of synergy and collaboration. Credibility is of paramount interest in global electoral matters. Unequivocally, your legacies will remain for posterity,” he boasted.