Tuesday, March 1, 2011

INEC and it's ineptitude

As the 2011 general elections draws near, delivering credible elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission seems to be like "a camel passing through the eye of a needle" more difficulties than the commission envisaged are cropping up. Just like it did in 2007 general elections when a last-minute scramble resulted in millions of ballot papers being hastily reprinted in South Africa.

The possible delay in printing raises further fears that not everyone will have a fair chance of voting when the elections begin next month. . The press secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, denied the allegations and said everything remained on track to ensure a free and fair election.

As the deadline for replacement and withdrawal of candidates passed yesterday, dozens of party officials filled the commission’s headquarters, meeting with INEC staff and passing documents. Mr. Idowu said that the replacements could not be confirmed until the list was published on Wednesday. Currently, attention is focused more on the People’s Democratic Party which has the bulk of controversial cases notably in Ogun, Abia and Oyo states, and the Congress for Progressive Change which is still contending with a governorship dispute in Kano State. Would INEC repeat their usual poor display or improve?

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