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Overhaul INEC, SSNA tells Jonathan

By Dapo Akinrefon
THE South South Northern Alliance, SSNA, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for embarking on  the reform of the electoral process in the country, calling on him to overhaul the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.  

SSNA, in a statement by its President, Mr Frederick Igere and National Publicity Secretary, Mr Stanley Garry,  respectively,  said it aligned itself with calls on the president to contest the 2011 presidential elections,  adding, “Nigerians should be briefed on the reason to defend their votes”.

According to the group, “this bottom to top approach is aimed at sensitizing and creating awareness on the importance of voters’ mandate in a democratic setting. We have mobilized one million co-ordinators to canvass for votes in the streets, house to house, man to man, woman to woman, on the need for the electorate to know the value of their votes for a credible election.”

The group further said in line with the President’s electoral reform agenda, it intends to assist in putting “an end to thuggery, rigging and electoral malpractices,  by educating the electorate to guide, protects and defend their votes at the polling boot to make sure that their vote counts.”

While canvassing support for President Jonathan, the group  said “the electorates want recognition and participation in the next general elections. So to ensure confidence building, we have commenced campaign to all part of the country to convince Nigerians on the need to prepare their mind to support Dr.  Jonathan for stability and continuity in governance.”

THE South South Northern Alliance, SSNA, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for embarking on reforming the electoral process of the country calling on him to overhaul the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
SSNA, in a statement by its President, Mr Frederick Igere and National Publicity Secretary, Mr Stanley Garry,  respectively,  said it aligned itself with calls on the president to contest the 2011 presidential elections,  adding “Nigerians should be briefed on the reason to defend their votes”.

According to the group, “this bottom to top approach is aimed at sensitizing and create awareness on the importance of voters mandate in a democratic setting. We have mobilized one million co_coordinators to canvass for votes in the street, house to house, man to man, woman to woman on the need for the electorates to know the value of their votes for a credible election.”

The group further said in line with the President’s electoral reform agenda, it intends to assist in putting “an end to thuggery, rigging and electoral malpractices,  by educating the electorate to guide, protects and defend their votes at the polling boot to make sure that their vote counts.”

While canvassing support for President Jonathan, the group  said “the electorates want recognition and participation in the next general elections. So to ensure confidence building, we have commenced campaign to all part of the country to convince Nigerians on the need to prepare their mind to support Dr.  Jonathan for stability and continuity in governance.”


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