Election 2019: WANEP commends INEC, releases electoral recommendations

Election 2019: WANEP commends INEC, releases electoral recommendations

- WANEP’s has released its preliminary statement on the Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Nigeria

- WANEP, the civil society implementing partner of ECOWAS, has been working to promote peaceful elections across West Africa

- The group commended INEC for the conduct of the elections and released some recommendations

The West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) has released its preliminary statement on the Presidential and National Assembly Elections held on Saturday, February 23.

WANEP, the civil society implementing partner of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has been working to promote peaceful elections across West Africa.

The group commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nigerians for the conduct of the elections and released some recommendations.

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Below are the recommendations below:

1. INEC is encouraged to continue providing regular updates on the remaining aspects of the electoral process in order to assure candidates, political parties and the public of the integrity of the process.

2. The Security agencies should be deployed especially in flash-points to prevent the eruption of violence after proclamation of results.

3. Election stakeholders should organize an after-action review on the conduct of the 2019 elections to distill lessons learned in view of improving elections with integrity in the country.

4. The Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders should take note of identified conflict flash-points in order to take proactive measures to prevent future election violence.

5. Adequate measures need to be put in place to guard against the disenfranchisement of Nigerians based on religion and/or ethnic profiling.

6. There is need to strengthen the institutional capacity of National and State Agencies (e.g. INEC, Security Agencies, Judiciary, etc.) in charge of administering election affairs.

7. High-level preventive diplomacy should be conducted with the candidates to maintain peace during and after the counting, collation and proclamation of results.

8. Without prejudice to the right to use peaceful and legal means to address election disputes, candidates, political party supporters and Nigerians in general are encouraged to remain civil, keep faith with the rest of the electoral process, and accept the outcome of the results.

9. Political parties and supporters should celebrate electoral victory in moderation taking into account sentiments associated with elections.

WANEP also congratulated the government and people of Nigeria for successfully organizing the February 23 elections despite the logistical and security challenges.

WANEP says it would continue to support the electoral process to prevent post-election violence and called on all election stakeholders and the electorate to allow INEC to complete the final phase of the elections.

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Meanwhile, election observer group, Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has commended INEC on the conduct of Saturday's Presidential and National Assembly elections, just as it condemned the violence that led to reported killings in some parts of the country.

The group in its preliminary report of the election said despite initial fears and concern, following the initial postponement of the election, INEC performed credibly well.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Sunday, February 24, acting executive director of CTA, Faith Nwadishi while noting some challenges with the conduct of the election in some states of the federation, however said the frameworks and mechanisms put in place by the electoral body ensured the polls were credible.

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