Senate President, David Mark, has assured the international community that Nigeria is prepared for a smooth, transparent and peaceful conduct of the 2015 elections.
The Senate President also dismissed insinuations that the present administration is ill-prepared for the elections, saying that the initial postponement was necessitated by the security challenges in the country as well as shortcomings in the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Sen. Mark, while exchanging views with the visiting Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Sean Hoy, in Abuja, yesterday, said Nigeria was conscious of the impression of the international community on the nation and would not do anything to undermine national interest.
He wondered what would have been the outcome of the polls if elections were held on February 14, when over 23 million Nigeria were yet to get their PVCs.
He said the postponement was the needed respite for the electoral umpire and the security agencies to put things in proper perspective before the conduct of the elections.
Said he, “For now, things have positively improved and Nigerians are happy that the coast is clear for the conduct of credible elections that would be acceptable and in conformity with international standard.