By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—FORMER Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Rowland Owie, weekend, admonished the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission , INEC, Prof.  Attahiru Jega, to urgently commence the review of voter’s register in order not to fail like his predecessors.

He called on the INEC boss to get his legal team together and study the existing constitution of the country and the Electoral Act, warning that it would be disastrous for the Commission to continue to wait for the amended copy of the constitution from the National Assembly,  which is yet to be realised.

Senator Owie who commended the appointment of Jega by the Federal Government and his subsequent confirmation by the Senate, said  “as I join other Nigerians in congratulating and praying for his success in this new assignment, I want to advise that if he does not want the INEC under him to be a greater disaster in the history of elections in Nigeria since 1914, he must start work immediately.

“He should get his legal team at INEC together, take copies of the existing 1999 constitution,  Electoral Act and start today to prepare for the 2011 general elections, starting with the review of the voters register.

Whatever amendments being proposed now by the National Assembly is yet to become law, so waiting for it will be suicidal,” he said.

Owie added that “the 2011 general elections will be a big test for Jega and he should know that Nigerians are tired of the fraudulent electoral system. “We have discovered that the slow pace with which the judiciary is delivering judgment on election matters is quite slow, therefore it is better of us to get it right at the polls rather than relying on the judiciary,” he added.


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