23rd May, 2011
The Democratic Peoplesâ€™ Party (DPP) has advised INEC to update the votersâ€™ register as soon as the election petition tribunals finish handling cases before them.
Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.), the partyâ€™s National Chairman, gave the advice in Abuja on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Magashi said the advice became necessary because many eligible voters could not register to vote in the April general elections due to inadequate time for the exercise.
He explained that with regular update of the votersâ€™ register, the cost of carrying out the exercise before any general elections would be drastically reduced.
Magashi advised INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega to prepare adequately for future elections, so as to reduce chances of failure.
â€œJega should not allow us to rush into any process that will give room for extension and postponement.
â€œNigeria has a large population and adequate time is needed to successfully execute programmes that will be of benefit to the people,â€ he added.
The former military governor of old Sokoto State also advised Jega to correct some of the defects noted during the April general elections, adding that he should not allow himself to be carried away by the success of the exercise.
He also called for the introduction of single five-year tenure for elective positions, saying that the idea of campaigning for a second term by incumbents had always had a disruptive effect on governance.
Magashi also said that with a single tenure, the use of government machinery by the incumbents for campaigns to the disadvantage of their opponents would be drastically reduced.