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Nigeria news: Jega reassures on 2011

The need for credible election has been emphasized by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, who said the commission would ensure that the 2011 elections would be the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.

Professor Jega affirmed this in Port Harcourt the capital city of Rivers State  at the formal presentation of a report on the 2008 local government council elections held in Rivers State.

The INEC chairman said the commission was aware of the challenges of meeting the aspirations of Nigerians for credible polls and reaffirmed that it would do its best to ensure it achieved the feat.

As a basis of achieving free and fair elections, Jega said the commission would ensure that the upcoming voter registration served as a necessary foundation.

Jega stated that the commission would give every qualified person the opportunity to register and called on all stakeholders to join hands in the task ahead.

The INEC boss described credible polls as the necessary ingredient for good governance, which he said was important for the progress of any nation.

He, therefore, commended the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) for compiling the report of the 2008 local government elections in the state, which he said would guide it in future elections.

According to him, “Obviously, it is very challenging to achieve this objective and we are not under-estimating the challenges. In fact, the challenges are formidable. We believe that we will give it our best.”