S. institute, CSOs proffer action plan for peaceful, credible electoral system 2023: U.
S, institute, CSOs proffer action plan for peaceful, credible electoral system Elections By Angela Atabo Abuja, Oct.6,2023The United State Institute of Peace (USIP) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have recommended viable solutions that should be adopted by Nigeria to strengthen and guarantee peaceful and credible elections in 2023. Some of the general consensus suggestions by the stakeholders included: strict adherence to Electoral Act, civic education, eschewing of violent, CSOs engagement with inter agency security council, engagement with the judicial ,need for greater collaboration and synergy among CSOs among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the recommendations followed successful deliberations by CSOs at a meeting tagged: “Nigeria’s 2023 Elections and the Imperative of Evolving Strategies towards Peaceful and Credible Elections’’ organised by USIP.
Amb. Zango Abdu, Country Manager USIP, Nigeria, said the roundtable was part of USIP’s sensitisation programme around elections knowing fully well that it is crucial to the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.
“ USIP is trying to bring civil society, opinion leaders, credible voices to speak about the necessity to do these elections under an atmosphere of peace and harmony.
“As you’re aware, the new Electoral Act has been signed and promulgated, and it has ushered in new values and reforms in the way we conduct elections.
“This is incremental in the sense that technology is being brought to bear in the conduct of elections and people are being sensitised to take advantage of this.
“I am confident that there will be credible elections if the Electoral Act is adhered to, and if all actors eschew violence and if we conduct the elections under an atmosphere of peace.
’’ Also speaking, Dr Usman Bugaje ,Nigerian Working Group on Peacebuilding and Governance (NWG) said the 2023 elections would be the seventh in the series of elections since 1999. Bugaje said so far, the 2023 elections seemed to be the most problematic and perhaps the most dangerous.
He said it therefore behoves on Nigeria to find strategies in terms of making politicians to commit to signing the National Peace accord to commit to good behaviour to stem violence.
He called for the need to address poverty , injustice in the society ,engage in citizens in civic education and begin to pay attention to the sources of electoral irregularities in order to have peaceful and credible elections in 2023 .
He said that there was also need to stop corrupt politicians who loot national treasury from continuing to rule for a better nation.
“The only thing necessary for the success of evil” says Edmund Burke, “is for good men and women to do nothing.
“It is our failure to address the suffocating injustice in this country that is unwittingly inviting all manners of violent groups to come forward.
“Dante Alighieri said, “the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality.
’’ Bugaje said the ball is in the courts of CSOs ,the academics, professionals, public spirited, politicians with conscience, youths and women whose future is at stake to do something .
Ms Idayat Hassan ,Director ,Centre for Democracy and Development(CDD) said the 2023 elections was crucial to Nigeria’s democracy because it would usher in 24 years of unbroken democracy.
Hassan said although the nation was bedevilled with some challenges, it was however not particular to Nigeria.
“There are several issues to look at to be able to get peaceful election ,the growing trend of insecurity that plaques all the Six geopolitical zones is worrisome.
“The issue of prevailing insecurity is a very important one it is within this insecurity the electoral management will have to conduct the elections.
“The second important issue is that electoral violence has at no occasion been abated ,the SWOT analysis CDD released recently revealed a snapshot of incidences between January to July 29. “It recorded 126 incidences of political violence which was very high in the month of May and June that were the party primaries’ months.
’’ Hassan said the primaries were dominated with more ethnic and religious concentration thus , there was need to change the narrative by making politicians focus on issue-based campaigns rather than cause division .
She also called for the need to pay attention to tackling misinformation and disinformation for a peaceful elections.
Another speaker, Mr Ahmed Jumare ,Programme Manager ,NEEM Foundation said his work around security has showed that the entire country was engulfed in conflict.
“Now in the Northeast, Northwest, we have terrorism and banditry ,Southwest, Southeast have succession movements ,North Central is facing farmers and herders clashes, in the south south, we are seeing militancy among others.
“We are all in this as one entity, the government can definitely not do it alone ,as the elections draw near ,we are also seeing increasing in divisive statements.
“A lot of politicians are agents of fake news and disinformation, once you Google Nigerian elections, all you see is Muslim Muslim ticket and this particular Islamic or Christian community has supported this group .
’’ Jumare said the media needed to be engaged actively to understand some of the rhetorics ahead of the elections and work to change the narrative.
He said beyond that, there was also need to engage the gatekeepers of the society ,the religious and traditional leaders proactively for peaceful and credible elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it plans to publish the final list of candidates for Presidential, Senate and House of Representatives seats on Sept. 20 ahead of 2023 poll.
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the ”Expert Meeting on Conducting Nigeria’s 2023 General Elections in Volatile Security Environment”.
The event was organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in conjunction with INEC.
Yakubu said that the publication of the final list was in line with Section 32(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022 and the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released by the commission.
“This will be followed on Oct. 4 by the publication of the final list of candidates for state elections (Governorship and State Houses of Assembly).
”Campaign in public by political parties will officially commence on Sept. 28 as provided for by Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022. ”As campaigns commence, we appeal to all political parties and candidates to focus on issue-based campaigns.
“This is the best way to complement our efforts to ensure transparent elections in which only the votes cast by citizens determine the winner,” he said.
Yakubu said activities for the 2023 General Elections would enter critical stages this month from the next 19 days onward.
“The commission welcomes this initiative and as Co-Chairman of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), there is no doubt that the security agencies also welcome ideas and citizens’ support towards peaceful elections,” he said.
The Director, CDD, Ms Idayat Hassan, said that the meeting being held against the background of security challenges plaguing the country.
Hassan said the idea was to start talking about how to deescalate the tension and how to secure the environment, such that INEC would be able to assess all parts of the country to conduct peaceful and legitimate election come 2023. ” I think one for this election, the security of election materials, the security of personnel, the security of voters are in context and there is actually problem in INEC assessing all areas.
“We should note that this is not just an INEC problem, this is a stakeholder’s problem, insecurity is already prevailing.
“The challenge we are having is how to do we conduct election against the background of this prevailing insecurity?
It will behold on the federal government and other stakeholders to come in.
” Mr Chris Pycroft, the Development Director, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), said that the office was delighted to be partnering with CDD and providing funding for the event and related activity to promote peaceful and secure elections in 2023. According to Pycroft, this is a top priority for the UK in Nigeria over the coming six months, and one of multiple initiatives in partnership with Nigerian and international stakeholders.
”The stakes have never felt higher.
Nigeria is facing more challenges than ever before in its democratic history to running a peaceful and secure election.
“These elections are profoundly important not only for Nigeria but also for the African continent and democracy across the world, “he said.
Pycroft said there was more at stake in terms of the unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria’s diverse religious, ethnic and cultural communities.
Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi, Election Expert, CDD, said that Nigeria was challenged with several security challenges and there was need to seek ways to curb them before the election.
Olukoshi said that there was also the need to understand the various conflicts being faced with a view to developing a topology that would best address them.
Some repentant Boko-Haram members were on Saturday engaged in sanitation of maiduguri as part of measures preparing them for reintegration.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the exercise was organised by Centre for Democracy Development (CDD), in collaboration with the Borno Government.
Speaking on the exercise, Prof. Mala Mustafa, a Senior Research Fellow with CDD, said the development was to prepare them for community services as part of the reintegration process.
“The rational behind this exercise is for CDD to support the Borno State Government as part of preparatory work for the reintegration of the ex-combatants.
“We felt it’s imperative to change the narrative, particularly the negative perception about them among community members.
“We want to rebuild relationship and trust between those that surrendered and community members,” Mustafa said.
He explained that 400 of the repentant insurgents had been mobilised for the exercise with 50 of them participating this Saturday for a start in Maiduguri Hajj Camp that is housing over 12,000 of the repentants and thier families.
Mustafa said the exercise by the repentants would be gradually extended to some selected communities in Maiduguri and its environment.
According to him, the repentants have been provided some training, particularly on civic education on how to deal with the challenges of stereotyping, while some Islamic clerics handled them on extremism.
Also, the Special Adviser to Governor Babagana Zulum on Security, Gen. Abdullahi Ishaq, lauded the Initiative by CDD which he said had been supporting the reintegration process.
“CDD provided the equipment for this exercise and has been providing us with technical advice as good partners,” Ishaq said.
He noted that the “Sulhu Alheri” initiative taken by government after years of the insurgency, had led to unprecedented number of insurgents surrendering which led to improved peace in affected areas of Borno.
“Today, Maiduguri is more peaceful than Abuja.
We want to continue to call on communities to support this sulhu (peace) process by accepting them,” Ishaq said.
He called for more support to Borno government from well meaning Nigerians and organisations in facilitating the process which required funding and other support.
Some of the repentants wearing T-shirts bearing inscriptions like “Please forgive us!
We have repented” and “Let’s rebuild Borno again”, who spoke to NAN, called on the public for forgiveness and acceptance for more peace and progress of the state.
NAN reports that over 70,000 insurgents and members of thier families have surrendered to the authorities as at July 29. They comprised 14,609 combatants, 20,955 women, and 35,029 children.
The Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Dr Garba Abari, has called for inclusion of the rights and needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs) into all policies and programmes to promote social inclusion.
Abari made this call at a one-day capacity building on the Roles of Stakeholders in the Implementation of the National Disability Act 2018 in Abuja on Tuesday.
The event was in partnership with the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CDD).
The director-general said that the National Disability Act 2018 was birthed as an intervention to the various unmet critical needs of PWDs in Nigeria.
According to him, the National Disability Act 2018 is a welcome development, as it is sufficiently robust to address most issues of persons with disabilities.
He said social inclusion for persons with disabilities included putting their needs as the country prepared for the general elections, policies and programmes and security of their lives amongst others.
“It is also in line with the SDGs of social inclusion.
I strongly believe that persons with disabilities have the capacity to contribute to national development.
“I urge Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and private sector to take a careful look at Disability Act, find our respective roles in the Act and come up with a deliberate implementation plan.
“These plans will help to meet disability needs in your policies, programmes and activities, our individual and collective commitment to this course is quite crucial.’’ The director-general restated the agency’s commitment toward promoting the vision of the CDD as a lead organisation advocating for disability rights.
He said NOA’s role of public enlightenment would be used to step up awareness creation to tiers of government and rural areas.
The Executive Director of CDD, Mr David Anyaele, called for the empowerment of persons with disabilities, saying all stakeholders must support the full implementation of the National Disability Act. He said it was saddening that discrimination still persisted through stigma, behaviours and practices amongst Nigerians to persons living with disabilities.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the disability bill into law, noted the need for not leaving persons with disabilities behind in governance.
“Nigeria currently has 31 million persons with disabilities and 80 per cent of them are in rural areas; we commend those states that have passed the disability law also; it is impressive.
“We call for the removal of all barriers against persons with disabilities so as to allow access,’’ he said.
Dr Comfort Adeosun, representative, Office of the Civil Service of the Federation, said the disability rights law was being implemented by giving five per cent of all recruitments to persons with disabilities.
DSP Patrick Effiom, Disability Desk Officer, Nigeria Police Force, said the force had established disability desk offices in all police stations for persons with disabilities to access policing services.
Mr Kola Ogunbiyi, a keynote speaker, spoke about the National Disability Act, calling on all stakeholders to create awareness for all accessibility to all public places for persons with disabilities.
“We need all MDAs and other stakeholders to make amends to create access to all barriers limiting PWDs. “Even in hospitals, there is need for sign interpreters to be available, so that persons with disabilities will have access to health services.’’ Highlight of the event was the session with panelists emphasising need for ending all barriers and making life inclusive for persons with disabilities in all areas.
The increased efficiency of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) at the July 16 Osun governorship poll, is an indication that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is on its way to conduct a credible 2023 general elections.Unlike the Anambra, Ekiti governorship elections and the FCT Area Council poll, the Osun election recorded about 80 per cent success in the use of BVAS for voters’ accreditation and voting.According to report by Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSO), the BVAS machines functioned well.The convener of the group, Ms Ene Obi, told newsmen that the group observed that the BVAS machines functioned well during the election.“The BVAS were deployed according to the number of registered voters.“In polling units with over 1,000 voters, INEC kept to its promise to deploy two BVAS machines.The machines functioned credibly well.“There were issues with the fingerprint verifications, however, the facial capture worked very well recording approximately one minute for accreditation and voting in Osogbo and in outside areas, it took longer,” Obi said.The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) corroborated the claim, urging INEC to sustain the improvements in the 2023 general elections.This is contained in a post election statement issued by Prof.Victor Adetula, Senior Fellow and election analyst at the CDD Electoral Analysis Centre (CDD-EAC) and a lecturer at University of Jos.Adetula said that INEC’s logistics and preparations as well as the conduct of security agents represented a marked improvement on the June 18 Ekiti governorship election.He said that the deployment of the BVAS was successful, adding that CDD-EAC observers noticed that as at 6:00p.m., 84.3 per cent of polling units had transmitted their results via BVAS.“On the basis of data received from CDD-EAC observers, CDD confirms that the collation process leading to the declaration of the governorship election results by INEC was smooth and hitch-free.“At the CDD-EAC, we hope to see the improvements recorded in the recent elections replicated in the conduct of the 2023 general elections.“The INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) was in full operation for the uploading of results in most of the polling units.At about 10:00p.m. 99.7 per cent of the results were available on the IReV.“This level of compliance is commendable and needs to be encouraged for future elections,” he said.“With a few exemptions, BVAS worked perfectly in almost all the polling units across the 30 local government areas of the state.” An activist, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, also commended INEC for its roles in ensuring that the election was credible.Ezekwueme lauded the transparent manner at which the election was conducted by INEC in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Ademola Adeleke defeated incumbent Gov.Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).“The outcome of the election reflected the wishes and aspirations of majority of Osun people, this has tremendously rekindled people’s hope, faith, trust and confidence in our electoral process.“I commend INEC, security agents and all other stakeholders for ensuring peaceful, credible, transparent, free, fair and generally acceptable election in Osun.“Relentless efforts should be made to ensure reflection of such good gesture during 2023 general elections.I condemn high rate of vote-buying, which is the greatest threat to our democracy,” he said.Also an election monitoring group, Yiaga Africa, lauded INEC for a job well-done saying that the official announcement on the votes cast was consistent with the group’s Watching The Votes (WTV) estimated range.The group’s board chairman, Dr Hussain Abdu, said that the process was transparent.“Because the official results fall within the estimated ranges, candidates, parties, and voters should have confidence that the official results for the Osun governorship election reflect the ballots cast at polling units on Saturday, July 16.“It is important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the four political parties that received the most votes,” he said.Abdu said that the group employed Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology and deployed 500 observers in pairs to a representative random sample of 250 polling units, 32 mobile observers in all 30 local government areas and 30 results collation observers.According to him, the deployment strategy enabled Yiaga Africa to provide timely and accurate information on the election day process, commencing from the set-up, voter accreditation, voting, counting and to independently verify the official results of the election as announced by INEC.Apart from the BVAS, stakeholders also commended INEC on the early arrival of polling officials as well as the conduct of security agents deployed for the election.Commenting, Mr Habila Kayit, the National Coordinator, Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative (GLMDI) an NGO said that the hitch-free conduct of the election was a pointer to the fact that future elections in the country would be better.According to Kayit, the conduct of the Osun election has showed that Nigeria is on a path of restoring its lost glory.“The bane of the challenges bedeviling the nation is partly on leadership failure and lack of independence of our institutions that are to tame the excesses of politicians and those in authority,” he said.He lauded INEC for its excellent coordination and near absence of logistics challenges in the conduct of the election.The Lagos IPAC Chairman, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, said that the election was a big plus for INEC.“The election is a clear indication and confirmation that our votes count and there is no power or government that cannot be unseated.“I urge Nigerians to see election and democracy as part of determinant of our destiny and do the needful to be part of electing good leaders that will fix this nation and make us rise again.“We must work hard to fix this nation through credible elections and good leadership,” Mobolaji said.The Cleen Foundation Election Security Support Centre (ESSC), an NGO also lauded the conduct of security personnel at the election.Mrs. Ruth Olofin, Acting Executive Director of the foundation made the commendation at a news conference in Abuja, after the election.Olofin, represented by Mrs. Chigozirim Okoro, the Programme Manager, said that the conduct of security personnel deployed on election duty was commendable.“Cleen Foundation in line with its mandate to promote public safety and security deployed 60 citizen observers across the 30 local government areas of the state.“The ESSC observed, tracked, documented, escalated, and followed up on security-related development across the 30 LGAs where its observers were deployed.“The ESSC observed that 85.1 percent of security personnel arrived early at the polling units across the 30 LGAs,” she said.Commenting on the election, the INEC Chairman, Prof.Mahmood Yakubu described it as one of the best-organized elections in Nigeria.Yakubu, who spoke when he received delegations of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and that of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Abuja, promised that the commission would deliver the best ever general elections in Nigeria in 2023.He assured that INEC would improve on its successes in the Osun election in subsequent polls.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), on Sunday, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to replicate the successes it recorded in Ekiti State and Osun governorship polls in the 2023 general elections.
CDD, through its Election Analysis Centre (EAC) also commended INEC and other election stakeholders for the successful conduct of the Saturday’s governorship election in Osun.
In its post-election statement signed by its Director, Idayat Hassan and the CDD-EAC Chairman, Prof.
Adele Jinadu, the group praised all election stakeholders for what it described as a positive performance.
It expressed satisfaction that despite apprehension about the possibility of violent disruption of the election, the process turned out to be peaceful.
“As Nigeria marches towards the 2023 general elections therefore, CDD-EAC reiterated its call to INEC and stakeholders to maintain and consolidate their cordial working relationship for the conduct of future elections.
“The collaboration between INEC and other stakeholders, especially civil society organisations (CSOs) and security agents, including anti-graft agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) also contributed to the successful outcome of the Osun election.
With the countdown towards the highly anticipated 2023 general elections, all stakeholders must sustain the synergies, which have contributed to the vast improvements recorded in Osun and Ekiti States.
“At the CDD-EAC, we hope to see the improvements recorded in the recent elections replicated in the conduct of the 2023 general elections,” the group said.
CDD enthused that like the Ekiti State governorship election before it, the Osun poll witnessed impressive voter enthusiasm.
The group commended the political actors for ensuring that the post-election environment remained calm, peaceful and free of any agitations following the declaration of the results by the state collation officer appointed by INEC.
Subsequently, CDD called on all contestants to embrace the spirit of true sportsmanship, which entails being graceful in defeat, and exhibiting magnanimity in victory, noting that democracy grows with such virtues.
On the general atmosphere, which characterised the election, the pro-democracy group’s verdict was that the election saw significant improvement in INEC’s election logistics and poll opening time and the conduct of INEC officials.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sen.
Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 403,371 (51.8%) votes to defeat his closest challenger, Gov.
Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 375,027 (48.2%) votes.
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has urged African leaders to step up implementation mechanisms to address the lack of transparency in the management of the coronavirus (COVID-19) funds.
The centre made the call in a statement to commemorate the 2022 African Union Anti-corruption Day and on Monday in Lagos.
The occasion is marked annually, every July 11.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for this year’s African Union Anti-corruption Day is: “Strategies and Mechanisms for the Transparent Management of COVID-19 Funds.”
According to the centre, there is also the need to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of public funds generally.
It commended African countries that had signed and ratified the African Union Convention, on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC), which was adopted in Maputo, Mozambique, on July 11, 2003 and came into force in 2006.
According to the centre, corruption is still an unnerving problem in Africa and indeed the major cause of underdevelopment.
It urged all states to work toward complying with the provisions of the AUCPCC.
“The theme for this year’s African Union Anti-corruption Day’ is not only apt, but very important at this time, as it seeks to draw global and continental attention to the need to address a disturbing corruption problem, associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic has severely tasked many economies and brought social and even political dislocations in Africa.
“There is also an urgent need for member states to collectively take steps to implement the recommendations of the Mbeki report on illicit financial flows, which discovered that the African continent suffers an annual loss of over $50 billion, as of 2015, through illicit financial flows (IFFs).
“The figure has since risen to over $80 billion. Therefore, it is pertinent to note that through corruption and mismanagement, some of the COVID-19 funds in Africa may have become a source of illicit financial flows to countries in the North,” it said.
The CDD added that the national and continental transparency initiative and efforts to stem the unbridled illicit financial flows from Africa to the Northern hemisphere had been embroiled in complex international politics.
It noted that the problem of illicit financial flows could not be solved post-haste.
According to the CDD, Africa must continue to stand together and push for a world order that discourages resource and trade price manipulation, structured to fritter resources from the continent and keep it perpetually undeveloped.
“Corruption and illicit financial flows are twin evils which continue to constrain Africa’s progress and development.
“Regrettably, the utilisation of the COVID-19 funds has also become a major source of Africa’s corruption conundrum,” it said.
It added that the COVID-19 pandemic threw up enormous socio-economic challenges globally and particularly impacted the fragile economies in Africa.
The centre said that the pandemic exacerbated the prevailing challenges of the health sector, raised inflation, caused acute food shortages and elevated conflicts and insecurity.
“Unfortunately, the COVID-19 funds and resources in many countries are dodged by opacity and misuse, complicating the already bad corruption situation in Africa.
“Contracting, procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and distribution of items including food were all associated with corrupt practices.
“In Nigeria for example, life-sustaining resources and materials provided as COVID-19 palliatives for vulnerable citizens were hoarded and misappropriated by PEPs and their collaborators,” it said.
“Hence, the incorporation of technology to improve transparency and facilitate measures to counter corruption, track the utilisation of the COVID-19 funds and trace stolen funds from Africa, has become urgent and critical.
“This will include the incorporation of e-procurement systems and digitised budgets that will have the knock-on effect of improving citizens’ trust,” the CDC said. .
Ekiti State governorship election as litmus test for 2023 polls
Ekiti State governorship election as litmus test for 2023 polls
By Ali Baba-Inuwa, News Agency of Nigeria
The June 18 Ekiti State governorship election has been adjudged by stakeholders as one of the best elections in Nigeria in recent times.
The election which was generally peaceful, also witnessed some improvements in terms of organisation and logistics by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Some civil society organisations (CSOs), that monitored the poll, described it as a marked improvement, when compared with previous elections in Nigeria.
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), scored INEC high on the conduct of the election.
Prof. Shola Omotola, Member, Centre for Democracy and Development Election Analysis Centre (CDD -EAC) and Professor of Political Science, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti said the election was well organised.
Omotola said that the conduct of the election by INEC was a significant improvement on previous elections.
He said that the general atmosphere of the election was peaceful and INEC officials arrived early for the conduct of the election.
“CDD-EAC observer reports showed that by 8:30 a.m. 64 per cent of polling units visited had opened, and between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. another 29 per cent had opened.
“The data indicate that 93 per cent of the polling units in the areas observed had started voting by 9:30 a.m.
“The CDD-EAC data point to a high usage of the BVAS, with 88 per cent of polling units visited reporting effective usage.
“Although there were hitches in very few locations, where our observers noted that some voters could not be accredited, the CDD-EAC observers rated the efficiency of the BVAS as either very good or excellent.”
He added that in all the 31 reported cases where the BVAS malfunctioned, 71 per cent of those cases were resolved within an hour.
“On the average therefore, CDD-EAC data indicated that it took around 2.4 minutes for voters to be processed through the BVAS.
“In 45 per cent of the cases, voters were accr
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), on Saturday scored the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) high in the conduct of the Ekiti Governorship election.Prof. Shola Omotola, Member, Centre for Democracy and Development Election Analysis Centre (CDD -EAC) and Professor of Political Science, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, made this known in CDD’s second preliminary statement in Abuja.Presenting the preliminary report to newsmen, Omotola said that the conduct of the election by INEC was a significant improvement on previous elections.He said that the general atmosphere of the elections was peaceful and INEC officials arrived early for the conduct of the election.“CDD-EAC observer reports showed that by 8:30 am, 64 per cent of polling units visited had opened, and between 8:30 am and 9:30 am, another 29 per cent had opened.“The data indicate that 93 per cent of the Polling Units in the areas observed had started voting by 9:30 am.“The CDD-EAC data point to a high usage of the BVAS, with 88 per cent of polling units visited reporting effective usage.“Although there were hitches in very few locations, where our observers noted that some voters could not be accredited, the CDD-EAC observers rated the efficiency of the BVAS as either “very good or excellent.”He added that in the 31 reported cases where the BVAS malfunctioned, 71 per cent of those cases were resolved within an hour.“On the average therefore, CDD-EAC data indicated that it took around 2.4 minutes for voters to be processed through the BVAS.“In 45 per cent of the cases, voters were accr
As Nigeria marks its Democracy Day, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has called for a free and fair election come 2023 General Elections.Director of CDD, Idayat Hassan, who made the call on Sunday in a statement in Abuja, said that Nigerians deserve more after 23 years of democratic rule,She urged Nigerians to support initiatives that unite the country and promote good governance.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Nigeria Democracy Day was previously marked on May 29, being the day the military handed over power to an elected civilian government in 1999.But the Muhammadu Buhari government changed the day to June 12 in solidarity with MKO Abiola Day, usually celebrated in Lagos and some states to commemorate the democratic election of Abiola on June 12, 1993.Hassan, who expressed concerns over the forthcoming election, stressed that any attempt to disrupt peaceful election must be countered by Nigerians.According to her, credible, free and fair election is as critical as democracy and as such, politicians and all their supporters must prioritise the interest of the nation instead of fueling disunity.“We appreciate the efforts being made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) so far. No Nigerian must be disenfranchised.“We want the vote of Nigerians to also count. Politicians must understand the plight of Nigerians and desist from any action that will lead to disunity,” Hassan said.She urged politicians to focus on issue-based campaign and desist from disinformation or fake news.“It is also important that politicians desist from using religion and ethnicity to further divide the country.“The level of division we have seen is enough. It is time for us to unite,” Hassan said.