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2019: Take a leap from our elections - Sierra Leone's polls commissioner advises Nigeria

2019: Take a leap from our elections - Sierra Leone's polls commissioner advises Nigeria

- Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission (NEC), has advised Nigeria ahead of 2019 elections

- Miatta French, the head of the commission, said that Nigerians should vote only credible candidates who can deliver positively

- French stated that the issues of information management and security should be taken seriously

The head of Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission (NEC), Miatta French, in view of the 2019 polls, has advised Nigerians to vote their preferred candidates despite money and other gifts some candidates may use to buy them over.

French made this comment during a #WatchingTheVote discussion on lessons from Sierra Leone election. The event, which took place in Abuja, was organised by a civic organisation, YIAGA, on Wednesday, April 11, Premium Times reports.

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She remarked that Sierra Leoneans voted for their conscience in the recently concluded election after drinking, partying and collecting money from different political parties in the country.

“If the APC ruling party had been told they will lose the election despite the money they spent, they will never believe it. This depicts that Africans are embracing democracy and they know what they want.”

She said politicians need to be aware that Africans are getting to the point where rigging of elections will be impossible because citizens are more concerned, aware and vigilant about political issues.

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She said information must be well managed in order to avoid misinformation on the social media especially during election while noting that social media could be dangerous if it not managed properly. French stated that there is need to educate security personnel on the electoral process.

Moreover, Cynthia Mbamalum, the program manager of YIAGA, said one of the things Nigerians need to learn from the Sierra Leone election is the level of communication with the people.

Meanwhile, reported that INEC said it would sanction any political party, individual or corporate organisation that commits an electoral offence during the 2019 general elections.

Francis Ezeonu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Imo, said this at a sensitisation meeting of stakeholders with Imo INEC management on Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) held in Mbaitoli and Owerri North local government areas.

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