Ijebu-Ode — The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to amend the timetable for the conduct of 2011 general elections forward.
Okogie said at the second plenary session of Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Ijebu-Ode that the time-table released by INEC for the elections was too early for a free and fair exercise.
The Archbishop noted that all the necessary preparations for the conduct of the general elections had yet to be put in place.
According to him, “the problem we have in this country is that we rush too much and we lack planning. I don’t see why INEC cannot push the election timetable a little forward. To me, I think the January date for the conduct of the election is too early. I suggest that INEC should sit down and do its home work well.’’
Okogie noted that the nation did not have a credible voter registration, saying other machinerr for the election were also ill prepared, adding that INEC should try to put things in order, not just rushing into it.