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Uwais report: Britain condemns slow implementation

By Ola Ajayi
BRITISH government has expressed its displeasure at the sluggish way the reports of the Justice Uwais Electoral Reform is being handled.

The stance of the British government was made known by its High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr. Bob Dewar at a public lecture held in Ibadan yesterday.

Specifically, the British government said with the 2011 around the corner, there seemed to be no radical change in our democratic process.

Speaking on a topic entitled “Democratic Culture and Making Democracy Matter”, he said, “you are over half way towards 2011 elections and politics have come charging into the national agenda with a vengeance. 2009 has been the opportunity year for legislating in the National Assembly for radical change in the electoral processes on the basis of the proposals of the review commission set up by your president.

For our democratic process to achieve desired goal, the British envoy noted that a truly independent and capable election administration is invaluable for the perceptions of the citizens.

He said in any country in the world, the head of the electoral administration and commissioners need to be seen by everyone as independent persons with independent reputations.


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