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Prof. Attahiru Jaga Speaks on INEC 2019

A former Chairman of the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof.
Attahiru Jega, has warned the commission
to be monitoring volunteers during the 2019
He lamented that corrupt politicians usually
attempt to compromise lecturers, students
and corps members engaged for elections.
Jega said this on Thursday while delivering
a lecture titled: ‘Prospects and Challenges of
Involving Volunteers in Nigeria’s Electoral
Process’ at a lecture organised in honour of
the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the
institution, Prof. Rahamon Bello.
He advised INEC to pay more attention to
the identification and selection of credible
individuals and security officers to bring
about electoral integrity.
“In 2011, the Transition Monitoring Group, a
network of the CSOs and professional groups
working on elections, mobilised and
deployed thousands of volunteers for
elections observation and gathering data for
parallel results tabulation.
“However, it is worrisome that some corrupt
politicians are beginning to find creative
ways to compromise youth corps members
and some students involved in election
“Similarly, as the use of academic staff as
collation and returning officers has become
predictable, corrupt politicians are
increasingly snooping around university
campuses and INEC offices, especially over
governorship elections.
“They are also inducing lecturers with money
in the hope of compromising their role in
result collation and tabulation.
“So far, there is no evidence that they have
succeeded, but the tendency is increasing
and it is of great concern,” Jega said.
Meanwhile, Nigerian government has
appointed Jega and ex-Executive Secretary,
National Universities Commission, Prof.
Peter Okebukola, among those to review the
country’s university system.
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