THE Independent National Electoral Commission’s
(INEC) Chairman, Attahiru Jega, has rated the 2015
general elections better than those conducted in
He spoke at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja
when a delegation led by Ambassador of Mexico in
Nigeria, Marco Antonio Garcia Blanco, visited him.
Prof. Jega, who admitted that there was room for
improvement, explained that the last general elections
proved false prophets wrong.
He said: “We are indeed very happy that our elections
turned out to be well and to have been recognised
both nationally and internationally as free, fair,
credible and peaceful.
“Leading to the election, some impressions had been
created, particularly in the international media as if
this may be the end of our country. Thank God it was
doomsday prediction, which turned out to be false.”
Prof. Jega, who was delighted by the offer to share
experiences with other countries, added: “We know
that the election has not been perfect; we know that it
was better than 2011.
But there is also a lot of scope for improvement and
that is why we welcome every opportunity to visit
other countries and to see how they do their own
elections and to be able to exchange ideas and to also
learn good practices, which we can continue to adapt
to our own circumstances for continuous
improvement of our own electoral process.”
He lauded the efforts of the Mexican High Commission
in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) between both countries in sharing electoral
He urged that such bilateral relationship should be
extended to other sectors.
“You facilitated the signing of the MoU, which has
been very useful. Many of our staff have benefited by
participation in some conferences. All these
experiences have been useful and beneficial and we
cherish the opportunity,” he said.
Ambassador Blanco said his mission to the
commission was to “transmit congratulatory message
for a great job that the commission did in the last
He said everybody recognised the key role played by
INEC in the successes achieved in the last electoral
He called on the commission’s leadership to share
experience with his country, which, he said, was very
important in improving the electoral process in
He said: “Your expertise, knowledge and wisdom will
be a great asset to our electoral body. With experience
sharing, Mexico will benefit a lot”.
He advocated for continuous strengthening of existing
bilateral relationship between both countries.