Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Nigeria INEC Chairman, urges Media houses to report with integrity as we head towards 2015 elections"-

"I urge media houses to report with integrity as we head towards 2015 elections"- Prof. Jega.

 Nigeria's Independent Electoral Commission Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega, has urged Nigerian media houses to report the forth-coming 2015 elections with interigrity, as he clearly stated that Channels TV took his statement about elections in the three North East states out of context.

Some local media houses, had reported that the  (INEC) chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega yesterday raised the alarm that elections might not hold in the North East  Nigeria.
He was quoted as saying , unless there is an improvement in the security situation in Borno Yobe and Adamawa states, ravaged by insurgency, the chances that election will hold in the troubled states are slim.
 According to the Nation newspaper, Jega, who spoke at a forum in Abuja, organised by the African Policy Research Institute, said: “A place like Borno State, unless something is done about those that have been displaced, even return for the governorship might be difficult, if not impossible under the circumstances. To be realistic, we must say that it may be impossible to do elections everywhere, in every local government, in every constituency in those three states”.
This is contrary to the assurance given the commission that it was prepared to conduct elections in all the states of the federation.
But the INEC Chairman has refuted this claim saying he was quoted out of context.
 "I merely highlighted the security situation in some parts of the NE and @channelstv took my statement out of context"- Jega.
"INEC will conduct elections in all the 36 states of the country and @channelstv re-edited my statement and reported falsely"-
 "INEC will use card readers for 2015 elections and INEC has started training and distribution in states"
"The Commission will work closely with security agencies to secure the conduct of elections in the North East "- Jega
Uche Okeke (Zurumnewsdigest)

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