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Damage control of election postponement hypertension

The feverish tension generated by the shift in the February election date to the month of March and early April this year culminated in some worrisome and unhealthy speculations about a plot for tenure elongation by the incumbent Jonathan administration or the foisting of an interim regime on the nation or whatever else the human imagination could conjure up to thwart the ascension of opposition political party to power on May 29.
Fortunately, with the unfolding of events, especially the current fair distribution of Permanent Voters Cards—PVCs—to deserving persons nationwide to an average of about 78 percent across the geo-political zones, the arrival of all relevant election materials in the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission—INEC—is now far better prepared and equipped to conduct a credible election than originally scheduled. It is hoped that by the March 8 deadline for the final collection of PVCs granted by INEC, the distribution-collection rate would have inched into 85 percent and above. And no one would say, without involving himself in a reductio ad absurdum, that the Nigerian voters had not been given a fair chance to possess their PVCs and exercise their franchise. Then the might-have-occurred PVC denial provoked violence would have been laid to rest.
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Concerns about deployment of military for polls

An Appeal court judgement has been procured to stall the Jonathan administration from deploying the military to assist the police with the superintendence of the forthcoming March-April general elections. That was a pre-emptive move by the opposition to forestall a recurrence of what it considers as unpalatable Ekiti poll experience.
Whatever the Federal Government’s feeling about that court judgement, it should deploy its legal machinery to vacate it at all cost to sustain adherence to the rule of law, even though there are overriding constitutional provisions that empowers the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to deploy soldiers at anytime in the over-all interest of the nation.
Dispassionate, non-partisan, legal pundits, analysts, and commentators have strenuously averred that the Appeal Court judgement which has forbidden the deployment of soldiers for election purposes has merely ably abstracted legal technicalities from uncomfortable security realities on ground; that given the unrestrained desperation of politicians—ruling party and opposition alike—it would be tantamount to supreme idiocy not to deploy the military within a respectable distance from the polling booths to ensure that trouble makers are kept at bay from molesting the voters or tampering with ballot boxes, and that considering the language of hate and acrimony and violence trailing the campaigns and rallies of the two major contending political parties—the All Progressives Congress, APC and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP—that the restraining order on military deployment for election purposes is utterly blind to the manifest threat to peace already demonstrated by politicians across board. Read the rest of this entry »

Game Changer: What the people expect

As the year 2014 comes to an end and the February 2015 general elections is fast approaching, it might be of interest to catalogue the expectations of Nigerians from politicians who seek the electoral mandate of the people to mount the saddle; as a follow-up to last week’s piece on a similar title, which concluded on the note that food on the table for the average family with all that it entails would be the ultimate game changer.
Already, many legislators, at federal and state levels, have been sacked at the party primaries, indicating that the expectations of the people had not been met by the state actors in the last four years; even though the failure to clinch the party tickets had been largely attributed to the undue interferences and manipulations by party leadership and godfathers. It remains to be seen in February whether the anger and frustrations of the people would not be more aggressively visited on vote soliciting politicians of the last dispensation as punishment for their mediocre performance.
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