Monday, 29 April 2013

US Pledges To Support Nigeria Towards 2015 General Election

The United States government has pledged to step up support for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) towards ensuring the success of the 2015 general election.

 This pledge was made by the American envoy to Nigeria, Ambassador Terence P. McCulley, when he visited INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega,at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

Ambassador McCulley said his home country would continue its collaboration with INEC to promote democracy in Nigeria, and would be glad to offer whatever additional assistance is necessary for deepening the electoral process.

Professor Jega told the envoy that INEC hopes for early amendment of legal provisions deemed to constrain the aspiration for flawless elections in the country. 

The INEC Chairman also said the Commission would intensify its engagement with political parties between now and 2015 to encourage internal party democracy in accordance with provisions of the law. 

He expressed appreciation for the assistance being provided by the United States government, especially through the USAID which periodically provides BRIDGE training for INEC staff and presently offers technical support for on-going efforts by the Commission to conduct delimitation of constituencies.

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