- Connected Development (CODE) has presented its final report on the Nigerian 2019 presidential election
- The report was presented by the head of mission, CODE election observation team, Hamzat Lawal, to members of the public
- The report is geared towards recounting findings by Uzabe mapping tool, CODE's tech election observation platform
Connected Development (CODE) on Thursday, February 28, presented its final report on the Nigerian 2019 presidential election.
The report was presented by the head of mission, CODE election observation team, Hamzat Lawal, to members of the press, the government, civil society groups, political parties and other national stakeholders.
The report is geared towards recounting findings by Uzabe mapping tool, CODE's tech election observation platform.
Uzabe is a real-time (web-based map) situation technology that captured election processes across the 36 states of Nigeria with about 5,000 observers deployed by CODE nationwide during the polls.
It also provided real-time reports on security intelligence to strengthen mitigation and emergency response during violence and establish early warning systems for vulnerable communities.
The technology was officially launched on Wednesday, February 13 at a press briefing in Abuja.
“CODE would like to emphasize that Uzabe is not keen on results but rather observing the electoral process and analysing issues that are critical to running a fair electoral process,” Lawal clarified.
Legit.ng lists 8 suggestions by CODE to election stakeholders below:
1. CODE suggests that in order to enhance confidence in the election process, INEC’s complete autonomy must be strengthened to ensure it provides more effective and objective electoral process. We seek to see an INEC that is decentralised to avoid issues of logistics and operational issues.
2. INEC must develop result-management process using competent and secure technology; and must provide a more conducive environment for collating results in regions.
3. There should be policies and regulations guiding campaign financing to enhance accountability of political candidates and also legal measures should be introduced to address abuse of state resources.
4. INEC must introduce reforms that allow for Nigerians in the diaspora to vote the candidate of their choice.
5. Under-age voting is a violation of the Nigerian constitution and it is prevalent in some regions of the country. INEC must work to curb this issue as it serves as an indictment on the credibility of election process and ultimately a threat to our democracy.
6. Appropriate authorities should investigate all allegations of violence and cases of violent acts, as well as vandalism and destruction of election materials and electorates’ properties, in accordance with the rule of law, and perpetrators held legally responsible.
7. Party agents must learn to be cordial irrespective of political differences and must desist from inciting election-violence. Government must apply punitive measures in prosecuting criminals and perpetrators of election-based violence.
8. Security agents must do better in protecting lives and properties of the electorate and ensure lives are not lost during the electoral process. We cannot keep addressing issues of electoral violence except we adequately prepare for these contingencies.
“We, however commend INEC, for allowing the will of the people to be heard, and for remaining firm on her duty regardless of pressure from political actors that want to truncate the electoral process.
“We urge citizens to support INEC, particularly the Resident Electoral Commissioners, and they should come out en mass to vote their candidate of choice for the gubernatorial elections,” Lawal said.
Meanwhile, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for their dedication and professionalism during the elections.
The mission in a statement signed by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; former Liberian president and leader of the ECOWAS observation mission, noted that the voting process went on smoothly despite the widespread delays witnessed at the commencement of the polls.
ECOWAS also applauded the effective presence of security agencies at various polling units for maintaining peaceful order and curtailing outbreak of violence experienced in some places.
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