- As Nigerians prepare for the 2019 general elections, Yinka Odumakin has said there is need for observers to be granted access into the INEC situation room
- The Afenifere spokesman says it is wrong that observers are brought in only on the election day
- According to Odumakin, Nigeria cannot boast of a free and fair election if any part of the process is shrouded in secrecy
The spokesman for the Afenifere socio-cultural group, Yinka Odumakin, has said there is need for observers to be granted access into the INEC situation room for a transparent 2019 general elections.
Channels TV reports that the spokesman made the assertion when he appeared on a guest on its breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.
Legit.ng gathers that Odumakin said INEC cannot be speaking of a free and fair election if the observers are left out from the collation centre where a full overview of the elections can accurately be obtained.
He said: “There is nothing to hide, observers should be able to observe every phase of the election, it is wrong that observers are brought in only on the election day."
According to the spokesman, observers' role is not to interfere in the affairs of INEC but to be able to make their comments regarding their observations during elections.
He said: “Nigeria cannot say that a free and fair election if any part of the process is shrouded in secrecy."
Odumakin also called on INEC to look into the issues raised by various political parties and address it, adding that if the complaints are ignored, there may not be credible elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would train over one million electoral staff and ad-hoc personnel for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
Solomon Soyebi, chairman, Board of Electoral Institute (BEI), stated this during a training workshop for state training officers and assistant state training officers on Cascade Training Implementation for 2019 elections.
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Soyebi explained that 850,000 electoral personnel would be trained as polling unit officials, while 150,000 would consist of civil society organisations and officials of security agencies.
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