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Akoko Edo re-run, show of shame – Iwu

By Emma Ovuakporie

Abuja – Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu has described the recently concluded Akoko-Edo House of Assembly re-run election  in Edo State as a show of shame as it was marred by violence and thuggery.

In his words: “Political violence is one of the major problems militating against democracy in Nigeria, the recently concluded re-run elections in Ekiti State and Akoko-Edo in Edo State were a show of shame marred by violence which is not good for our democracy.”

Iwu disclosed this when members of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) paid him a strategic study visit at INEC headquarters yesterday.

He said the commission is already preparing for the 2011 election as plans were in top gear to ensure that the election “is properly conducted as we are going to make use of National Youth Service Corps members unlike before that we had to use adhoc staff who in most cases do not have traceable addresses but corpers have known addresses and have a reputation to protect.”

“We have transmission centres in 774 local governments nationwide, if you go to our offices you will see a small house with a dish that is where transmission of results are sent to us here in the headquarters and if we have a mishap here that would lead to a lot of damages so we had to create back ups in Ogun and Jigawa and of late Abia states.”

On the constitution review, Prof.  Iwu advised that the areas that requires changes should be quickly changed, ” how long  will we continue to re-invent constitutions, even the Great Britain  that we appreciate does not have a written constitution, is it really the law that is the problem? he asked.


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