The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has identified logistics, funding and lack of voters confidence as the major challenges facing the commission as the general election in the county approaches .
INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, dropped the hint in Asaba yesterday during a seminar organised by Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) in collaboration with INEC, with the theme: â€˜Building confidence in the electoral system: the task before DSIEC.
Jega, however, promised that the commission would doing everything within its powers to address these challenges before the 2015 general election.
He said: â€œLogistics remains a major challenge in a country where basic infrastructure is still lacking in many areas, it should always be remembered that it is the same washed off roads and treacherous waterways, the same poor water transportation facilities, the same airlines that runs late, the same difficult electricity situation, among others that are used by EMBs during election.
â€œYet, we cannot make excuses, what is required is to plan early, build the right partnerships, share our difficulties with the public to the extent possible and prepare our staff adequately for elections.â€
While emphasising the importance of adequate funding of the commission, Jega explained that â€œplanning is meaningless without adequate funding, this entails both adequate fund provision and timely release of such funds.â€
Jega pointed out that the commission â€œreceived the full support of the government in this regard in 2011, however, we cannot lose sight of the reality that elections only constitute a small, but important part of any of things competing for funding.â€
What is important, he argued, â€œis that both government and EMBs maintain a balance view of funding election based on adequate resources and financial discipline,â€ adding that â€œa major cost component in Nigerian election is the personnel cost: He saidâ€ in the 2015 general election, our estimates suggest that nearly 50 per cent of the budget would go to personnel related heads, particularly ad hoc staff.â€
Jega further noted that although â€œelections management in Nigeria is extremely challenging , with the right preparation, productive engagement with stakeholders, openness and accountability, our EMBs can build confidence in the electoral system to make election less conflict â€“prone.â€
Governor Emmnauel Uduaghan in his remarks, noted that lack of preparation on the part of politicians often lead to electoral conflicts, adding that some politicians oftentimes prepare petitions and plan for violence ahead of election proper.
He said the major hallmark of electoral victory was the grassroots preparation, rather than hip blames of INCE when elections are lost.
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly , Hon. Victor Ochei, in his remarks stated the resolve of the assembly to work in concert with the executive to partner DSIEC in formulating laws necessary at ensuring that Deltans decide who governs them at the third tie of government.