Free, Fair Election Is Key To Democratic Development – Jega

The former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega on Thursday said improving the integrity of elections is key to the democratic development of any country.

Jega stated this delivering a lecture to mark the 71st Foundation Day and Convocation of the University of Ibadan, on the topic: “Towards Credible Electoral Process and Sustainable Political Systems in Nigeria: What Role for Universities?”.

He said: “It is generally recognised that fortifying democracy is vital to sustainable development, but what is not as widely acknowledged is that improving the integrity of elections is key to democratic development.

Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

“A sustainable electoral process with requite integrity is the panacea for democratic development in Nigeria and all African countries struggling with the challenges of democratisation.

He added that “the Nigerian electoral process has historically been flawed and repleted with profound challenges in all three key phases of electoral administration pre-election, election, and post-election phases. All stakeholders, therefore, must play a positive role in bridging these gaps.

“Kogi and Bayelsa elections are examples that we need a policy that will not only dowse political tension but will proffer solutions to the political imbroglio we are experiencing in the country presently,” he said.

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