INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega
Top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission will from Monday (today) begin to field questions from Nigerians in the Diaspora and commence intensive search for international support.
The purpose is to ensure that INEC deliver a free and fair election in 2015.
The Executive Director, Women Advocates’ Research and Documentation Center, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, one of the Civil Society Organisations behind the programme, who stated this, said the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, would be delivering a keynote address during the inauguration of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Nigeria Forum in Washington, United States of America.
She said the Africa Programme’s Nigeria Election Forum series would also discuss the state of preparations for Nigeria’s national elections in 2015 and the priority challenges ahead.
According to her, the series, which is supported by the Ford Foundation, would bring Nigerian officials, civil society activists and opinion leaders to Washington, D.C. “to engage with US policymakers and African experts on how best to ensure that Nigeria’s upcoming elections are peaceful, credible, and free.”
“Our first session will identify the big electoral road blocks to overcome before 2015 and consider what the US can do to support Nigeria as it enters a pivotal election period,” the WARDC boss stated.
When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, told The PUNCH from Washington DC that the event, according to the organisers, was to “profile the major challenges, opportunities and political developments in the run-up to Nigeria’s 2015 elections.”
SOURCE: The Punch