Group wants Jega to supervise supplementary poll in Abia



A civil society group, Consumer Rights Project (CRP), has urged the Chair­man of Independent Na­tional Electoral Commis­sion (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, to personally supervise the supplementary election scheduled to hold on Satur­day in Abia State.

CRP, a non-governmental organisation committed to the protection and promotion of rights of consumers as well as the entrenchment of good governance in Nigeria, was a local observer of the April 11 state elections in the South- East of the country.

The group, in a statement by its Executive Secretary, Onu Eke Uche, expressed dismay with the high level of brigandage, rigging and violence that characterised the elections, especially in Imo and Abia states.

“Our investigations showed that the role played by security agencies particularly the army and the international observ­ers in some states like Abia was nothing, short of being bi­ased and compromised in the process with the aim to tinker with the results of the election.

“The opposition, it was al­leged, masterminded the in­timidation and oppression of voters. It is our strong belief that INEC headquarters in Abuja under Prof. Jega should either personally supervise the rescheduled supplemen­tary election on Saturday or send credible, trustworthy and non-partisan national commis­sioners to take over from the resident commissioner and the returning officer in the state to give more credibility and ac­ceptability to the outcome of the election.


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