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Electoral reforms possible before 2011 elections — Aondoakaa

By Taye Obateru

Jos — THE Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael Aondoakaa, has said electoral reforms were possible before the 2011 elections if those concerned worked hard to scale the necessary hurdles.

He, however, warned that electoral reforms without a change of attitude from the political class might not be sufficient to bring about credible elections in the country.

He spoke yesterday while delivering a distinguished annual guest lecture entitled “Electoral reforms for sustainable democracy: Issues and challenges for Nigeria” at the University of Jos.

According to Aondoakaa, the political class must imbibe the true tenets of democracy and play politics according to the rules while Nigerians must also be re-orientated to develop a positive political culture for things to improve.

Admitting that the process of passing the necessary bills for desired changes and the amendment of the constitution were daunting, he was optimistic that the National Assembly would rise to the occasion to go through the processes before the next elections.

He said Nigerians must appreciate the magnitude of the task before the National Assembly in passing the consequential bills for electoral reforms and going through the process of constitution amendment.

The minister said once the National Assembly did their own bit, the next challenge would be securing the necessary consensus required to effect the amendments at the various state Houses of Assembly in line with constitutional provision.


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