The International Foundation for Electoral Systems has decided to honour Attahiru Jega, the former Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) boss, with the prestigious 2015 Charles Manatt Democracy Award.
According to the foundation, Jega was given the award, in recognition of his expert management of the 2015 general elections, which positioned him as a credible election administrator.
A statement issued by the Chief Executive Officer of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Bill Sweeney said “Chairman Jega’s leadership was instrumental to Nigeria’s successful general elections in 2015. He deserves full credit for his efforts to increase the credibility and transparency of the electoral process under extreme logistical challenges, such as terrorist threats from Boko Haram, where failure could prove the catalyst for predicted election violence.”
Prof. Jega in his response said “I am deeply honoured to accept the 2015 Democracy Award from the IFES. INEC’s long-standing partnership with the IFES in preparation for the 2015 general elections resulted in a credible process accepted by Nigerian citizens and the international community. These elections have put Nigeria on the right path toward democratic stability.”
He will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington DC on September 29th, 2015, alongside the US House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Ed Royce.