The immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, yesterday suggested how Nigeria could have credible elections in 2019.
Jega who was speaking on the Hausa Service of the BBC was explaining a comment he made on Monday in Abuja during a peace workshop organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN.
According to Jega, further elections would only be successful if certain issues were put into consideration.
He said among the things to consider are to constitute the commission with people of integrity, trust and reliability that would not in any way put the country into shame. “This would go a long way in creating a successful and acceptable polls.”, Jega added.
He also said that for election to be successful, there should be a documented “peace pact” to be acceptable to all candidates before elections.
Such peace pact would help to prevent elections violence in the country, he said.
He further noted that such peace pack had assisted in bringing peace after the 2015 election, citing former president Jonathan who called on Nigerians to embrace peace following the outcome of the elections.
The former INEC boss added that there should also be a synergy between politicians, civil society and security.
He also said such synergy would help in achieving peaceful election.