Iwu Must Go!
On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, Maurice Iwu launched his dubious timetable for the 2011 general elections in Nigeria. MakeYourVotesCount (MYVC) an organisation committed to credible elections was on hand to protest Iwu’s new ploy to continue in office as INEC chairman.
Some people blame the attitude of politicians and Nigerians in general for the ineffectiveness of INEC under Iwu. Our position is that Iwu lacks the capacity to conduct credible elections. When you have an electoral umpire who is not committed to democracy or the rule of law, nobody will be inclined to obey the rules of the game.
To this end, we have resolved to continue our protest until Iwu is sacked or resigns honourably. Iwu simply can’t be trusted to hold free and fair elections.
MakeYourVotesCount.org believes the essence of democracy is to ensure that your votes should decide the outcomes of elections, and by extension the kinds of leaders that will come to power. Our electoral system must ensure that parties compete for votes based on laid down rules. It must give voters a stronger stake in the choice of leaders. People need to feel that their votes count and that they are being listened to.