Improving integrity of election is critical for democratic growth -Jega.

Professor Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission has said that improving the integrity of elections is key to the democratic development of any nation.

Jega said this in Ibadan on Thursday while delivering a lecture to mark the 71st Foundation Day and Convocation of the University of Ibadan.

The former INEC boss spoke on the topic, “Towards Credible Electoral Process and Sustainable Political Systems in Nigeria: What Role for Universities?” said Nigeria could achieve greater integrity in its electoral process through the collaboration of stakeholders.

“It is generally recognized that fortifying democracy is vital to sustainable development, but what is not as widely acknowledged is that improving the integrity of elections is key to democratic development.

“Sustainable electoral process with requite integrity is the panacea for democratic development in Nigeria and in all African countries struggling with the challenges of democratization.

“The Nigerian electoral process has historically been flawed with profound challenges in all three key phases of electoral administration pre-election, election and post-election phases.

“All stakeholders, therefore, must play a positive role in bridging these gaps,” he said.

The former INEC boss commended the role of the academia in raising the bar of electoral administration in Nigeria since 2011.

He, however, called for more collaboration by way of research, advocacy, training and mentoring of all actors involved, particularly in inventing in-house election-related equipment and technologies.

First Seen on Punch News.