Jega attributes success of 2011 polls to commitment of media houses

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Abuja – INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega, in Abuja on Monday attributed the success of the 2011 general elections to the commitment of the Nigerian media.

Jega gave the commendation at a meeting with the management of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

According to him, the commission will forever appreciate, sustain the partnership and nurture it to greater heights.

He noted that Nigeria was blessed with patriotic and competent media organisations that had contributed toward the promotion of good governance in the country.

The chairman said that voter education had become imperative as the nation approached the 2015 general elections, noting that there was need to deepen democracy through credible elections.

Jega said that INEC also benefited from inputs by all stakeholders which resulted in substantive achievements.

He said that the commission was determined to ensure that the 2015 elections were more remarkable than those of 2011.

“The success of credible elections is not the responsibility of INEC alone, but the joint responsibility of all enlightened citizens in the electoral process,’’ he said.

He said that the citizens must be sensitised, enlightened and educated on how well to discharge their civic responsibilities.

Jega said that the partnership with FRCN and other credible organisations would assist in doing the right thing for effective public enlightenment on voter education.

He said that the commission would cooperate with the FRCN and utilise the available resources for a better result come 2015.

Earlier, Dr Samson Shuaibu, the FRCN Acting Director-General, said that the corporation with over 35 stations across the country, broadcasting in over 50 languages, would like to explore areas of synergy and cooperation with INEC.

He said to enhance its activities in the areas of education; the FRCN shortwave had been converted to an education channel.

Shuaibu said the channel would be of greater value to voter education programme thereby changing the political landscape for better understanding of electoral processes.

He said that a proposal to this effect had been sent and awaiting the approval of INEC’s chairman to commence. (NAN)

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