By Ben Agande
ABUJA — Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said the commission would release a new timetable for the forthcoming elections after the National Assembly has successfully completed the second alteration of the 1999 Constitution.
The timetable for the 2011 elections is expected to have been released by INEC, according to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.
In a remark at a workshop for staff of INEC organised by the Commonwealth in Abuja, Jega revealed that the commission was ready to discharge its responsibility of conducting a credible election.
According to him, “initially there was the problem of funding; that problem of funding has been resolved by the Federal Government in conjunction with the legislature, the government has provided us with all that we have requested for.”
“Similarly we were confronted with the problem of time. Initially, as par the existing legal frame work, elections were to be held in January. This has almost been resolved with the passage of a second amendment of the Constitution by the National Assembly.