- INEC has been urged to reinstate omitted names in the voters’ register ahead of the 2019 elections
- This was the position of a Civil Society Organisation, Equity International Initiative (EII)
- The group said they conducted a research in the six geopolitical zones of the country with support of the DFID
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Equity International Initiative (EII), has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to reinstate omitted names in the voters’ register ahead of the 2019 election.
Ambassador Chris Iyama, country Director, EII, made the call on Thursday, November 15, while briefing journalists on the state of the nation ahead of the 2019 elections in Abuja.
According to him, INEC omitted of over 2.7 million names of eligible Nigerians from the voters register published.
He also condemned the attitude and manner INEC has shown in this build up to the 2019 general elections.
His words: “It is most unfortunate and unimaginable that after citizens took out their time to register despite the many frustration encountered at the polling units INEC could not properly release names of eligible voters.
“Equity international initiative considers this act by INEC as a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise some segments of the populace.
“We therefore use this opportunity to call on INEC to apologise to Nigerians whose names were omitted from the voters register, we also call on INEC to with immediate effect republish the missing names and ensure that the processes leading to the 2019 general elections are seen as credible.”
He, however, said EII will partner with INEC and the Nigerian government in ensuring that the global best democratic practices are entrenched even beyond the all important 2019 general elections.
“INEC must act in the best interest of the people by becoming truly independent body as the recent eruptive state of affairs in Ekiti, Osun and some part of the county is a direct and proximate results of her inability to discharge faithfully her constitutional duties,” he cautioned.
EII also expressed concern about the security situation currently bedeviling the country, especially with the recent killing of an army general in Plateau and incessant attacks by Boko Haram and armed Fulani herdsmen.
The group charged the federal government to improve and review the Nigerian security architecture in such a way that citizens will feel safe and better in the country.
The group also called on the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the negotiation table and find lasting solutions to the ongoing strike by lecturers.
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Meanwhile, a new initiative, DOS support group, arrow headed by a group of young professionals have been designed to seek the democratization of campaign funding while ensuring a level playing field for all candidates irrespective of party lines and ideological leanings ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Legit.ng gathered that the initiative is an online structure that would transparently seek to attract retail campaign funding from the massive potential donor community online and then direct the funds towards credible aspirants vying for political offices.
According to the promoters, these funds would go to all aspirants no matter the party lines of ideological affiliation depending on the choice of the donor or contributor.
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