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We’re ready for 2015 polls – David Mark

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.

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