NLNG Corporate Caring banner FirstGem 3rd anniversay lecture Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Why 2015 polls will not be credible —Intersociety

By News Express on 02/02/2015

Gmail icon

Views: 2,711


The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has dismissed the repeated promise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to give Nigerians free, fair and credible elections on February 14 and 28. The group in a statement issued this morning in Onitsha declared the promise a hoax.

“We wish to state unequivocally that shoddy preparations put in place by INEC as well as the Commission’s gross incompetence, have robbed the referenced polls in an unprecedented manner, of their freedom, credibility and fairness. The referenced shoddy preparations range from poor, uneven and skewed distribution of PVCs; delays in production of same; multiplicity of candidates allowed by the Commission; high percentage of underage voters particularly in the North; to roguish management of the National Register of Voters,” Intersociety said in the statement signed by Board Chairman Emeka Umeagbalasi and Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Programme Obianuju Igboeli, Esq.

According to the rights group, “In the area of gross incompetence, millions of adult Nigerians eligible to vote particularly in the South, were not captured as registered voters. Same also led to massive ‘data loss and missing names’ in the Commission’s electoral register data. In the realm of same, 1, 543, 961 lost their names randomly and arbitrarily as ‘double registrants’ between November 2014 and January 13, 2015. There is also outdated ‘polling units system’ retained by the Commission; whereby the polling units created in 1996 by the military and their grossly lopsidedness, are still in use. The mother of all is deepened manifestation of bias and partiality by the headship of INEC; whereby there appears a sustained and settled conspiracy to return the presidency of the country to the North at all costs.

“A typical case of shoddy preparation and gross incompetence on the part of INEC for the referenced polls; is gross data inconsistencies. For, instance, after the 2011 general voters’ registration exercise, INEC arrived at ‘73.5 million’ as total number of adult Nigerians captured as ‘registered voters’. The figure was subjected by the Commission to ‘automated fingerprint  identification system (AFIS)’,  for the purpose of elimination of double/multiple registrants, after which the figure came down to ‘70,383,427’. This figure remained the Commission’s official figure as Nigeria’s total registered voting population from 2011 to 2014. As a matter of fact, as at September/October 2014, the figure was retained by INEC.

“Suddenly, the Commission woke up on January 13, 2015 and told Nigerians that the total number of registered voters in Nigeria stood at ‘68,833,476’ and claimed that those names deleted numbering ‘1,543,961’ were ‘double registrants’. Funny enough, since 2011, the INEC’s total number of registered voters in Nigeria remained “70,383,427’ or stagnated. This is in spite of all continuous voters’ registration exercises variously carried out by INEC across the country, which ought to have increased the registered voting population figure under reference.

“Till date, INEC has adamantly refused to provide Nigerians with State-by-State breakdown of the so called ‘double registrants’ of 1,543,961, which it magisterially and arbitrarily deleted in a twinkle of an eye as well as  same breakdown with respect to its new registered voting population of  ‘68,833,476’.

“This leaves us with no other option than to hold that the deletion is in furtherance of our earlier strong suspicion that ‘the PVCs distribution and the entire management of the National Register of Voters regarding the referenced polls are clearly skewed and laid in scientific/demographic manipulations for ethno-religious reasons and strategic advantage.’ If INEC continues to withhold the referenced State-by-State breakdown as per the deleted number of 1,543,961 registered voters, then we will also conclude that greater percent of same was effected in the South to further cripple their demographic/electoral numerical strength to the advantage of their Northern counterparts during the referenced polls.

“For Jega’s INEC hoax promises of ‘free, fair and credible polls’ to hold water, its PVCs distributed in the North-East and the North-West zones should be forensically and thoroughly investigated. We suspect strongly and un-apologetically that the so called ‘12,794,880 PVCs’ distributed in the North-West zone and ‘6,678,148 PVCs’ distributed in the troubled North-East zone as at January 27, 2015; are not in the right hands. We also suspect deeply that the number of registered voters allocated to these two zones is bogus and untenable. That the totality of PVCs distributed in the two zones under reference comprising 13 States (19,473,028) far out-numbers those of the entire South comprising 17 States (16,996,840) is shocking and deeply disbelieving. That the PVCs distributed in war-stricken North-East (6,678,148) is much higher than those distributed in the South-West (6,403,534) and South-South (6,214,977) is a shocker of 2015 served on Nigerians by Jega’s INEC.

“Finally, we wish to further observe that the INEC’s hoax promises under reference have been dealt a fatal blow by recent announcement of the European Union Election Observers to the effect that they will not monitor polls in the North-East zone for security reasons. The express implication of this is that ‘there may most likely be free for all electoral manipulations’ in the area using Emirs and District Heads’ palaces and Mosques following thickened desperation to return presidency to the North.

“Of all the so called ‘accredited domestic and foreign poll observers’, only the EU Poll Observers are credible and acceptable to us. The experiences gathered from the governorship poll of November 2013 in Anambra State, South-East Nigeria showed that greater number of the so called ‘domestic poll observers’ in Nigeria are hugely operating according to the whims and caprices of mainstream ‘South-West Political Engineers’,  even till date. The so called ‘continental and sub-continental poll observers’ are still not in tune with universal best practices in matters of poll monitoring, observation and report.”

•Photo shows Jega.

Source News Express

Posted 02/02/2015 08:33:20 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
APC’s query to Saraki an afterthought, says Senator...

Police raid FUTO, nab cultists

Cloudy skies, localised thunderstorms to dominate today’s weather,...

YES Movement tasks FG on economic hardship

20 suspected cult members nabbed in Akwa Ibom...

Parents grumble as FCE Akoka hikes fees tenfold...

FG launches campaign against fake news

Cloned PVC fails to pass card reader test...

MTN must pay $3.9 billion fine by Dec....

Corruption: Ex President attempts suicide

Understanding Nigeria’s Current GDP Debt Ratio —DMO

NLC, TUC direct workers in Kogi to stay...

 

Latest News BREAKING: Abducted lecturers escape from kidnappers' den Lagos Deputy Governor causes commotion on aircraft Five killed in Kogi election violence Pastor dies during 40-day dry fasting Kogi gov’ship: “How votes were sold at N500” The situation in Kogi more challenging than Bayelsa — Police PRO Only Oshiomhole’s exit will end crisis in Edo — Adams KogiBayelsa2019: Most voters who were willing to vote had opportunity to do so — INEC Edo 2020: Council APC leaders reaffirm support for Obaseki Okorocha, Amosun, Akeredolu, others to know fate as APC holds NEC meeting Why Benue farmers prefer ‘Kwankwaso’ cowpea Control of NDDC: Battle shifts to NASS

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (562,949 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (452,389 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (401,545 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (335,876 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (303,720 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (281,345 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (258,828 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (257,030 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (238,587 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (224,973 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (201,485 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (198,146 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (109) Business & Economy (4,574) Business Verdict (86) Columnists (1,144) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (219) Entertainment (704) Features (845) Global Business Monitor (493) ICT Monitor (67) International (4,215) Interview (211) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (176) Maggie's Blog (486) News (54,040) Opinion (1,419) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,750) Religion (1,120) Sports (2,226) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera