NHRC Report: Nigerians express mixed feelings

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
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Abuja, Aug. 16, 2016 (NAN) A politician, Chief Biobaku Aramide, has lauded the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for seeking to correct errors in the election process in the country since 2007.
Aramide, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the nation’s electoral system had been characterised by grave misdeeds and stressed that the process of correction had to start somewhere.
The NHRC had on Thursday indicted some officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), including its former Chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu, some governors and other actors in the 2007 and 2011 elections for electoral irregularities.
The indictment was contained in a report released publicly by NHRC.
Aramide said, “the process has to start from somewhere.
“If the commission can investigate and let us have the facts without allowing personal interest override its judgements, then I think it is commendable.
“I also do not think it is biased or seeking to indict former President Goodluck Jonathan. You see, when we learn to get processes right then we can build on a solid foundation.’’
Also speaking to NAN, Mr JohnChuks Onuanyim, a political analyst, said for the process not to be flawed, the commission had to do a thorough job.
“We all know how elections are conducted in this country. If the commission wants to play right, it should include elections from 1999.
“What is the yardstick for picking that of 2007? If it is not a witch hunt then it should be backdated but I will also like to urge the commission to carry out a thorough job.
“We would not like to hear names and then they later recant that it was a mistake as is usual with some processes in this country,’’ he said.
A newspaper vendor, Taire George, was indifferent about the matter, saying “if it will hasten this change process and bring development and a better job for me, then they should go ahead but if it will not, then, I’m not interested.’’ (NAN)

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