- An organisation has commended INEC for minimising logistic challenges at the gubernatorial elections
- The organisation said voting and accreditation processes were recorded to begin at 9 am in many polling units
- According to CODE, its election mapping tool received over 400 reports from on-the-ground observers and online social sentiment analysts
A new technology has listed issues that marred the just concluded presidential, the National Assembly election and the governorship and states' House of Assembly election.
The technology, Uzabe, which was initiated by Connected Development, an accredited Independent National Electoral Commission's (INEC) accredited observer showed that there were initial cases of card reader issues, late resumption of officials - hours after the election was scheduled to begin, incomplete election materials and general unpreparedness of the election team.
However, a review by Uzabe on at the second lap of the process said there were minimal cases of logistics issues at the polling units during the gubernatorial elections.
CODE said voting and accreditation processes were recorded to begin at 9 am in many polling units.
Further commending INEC, the organisation said the electoral body succeeded in managing logistics issues that marred the presidential and National Assembly elections in the just concluded Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections.
CODE, however, condemned the spate of violence that characterised the gubernatorial elections, especially as INEC and the Police had assured Nigerians of better security. Records of violence at the gubernatorial election was reportedly higher than the Presidential Election.
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A statement by Kevwe Oghide, communications officer for Connected Development said during the gubernatorial elections, Uzabe mapping tool received over 400 reports from on-the-ground observers and online social sentiment analysts.
The statement said that from the reports, Uzabe established 107 election incidents across 25 States. The election observation technology reported enhanced Police deployment for the elections early on, until 2 pm when reports started filtering in from Kano, Kogi, Nasarawa, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Kano and Borno States respectively.
It stated that there were also records of heavy thug mobilization, the influence of political parties at some polling units, vote-buying, voter suppression and destruction of ballot boxes and election materials as well as records of heavy military deployment and attacks on electoral facilities.
The statement said: "CODE observers noted that Imo State INEC office was set ablaze; heavy military presence in some areas of Rivers State and electoral facilities in Benue and Ebonyi were set on fire by hoodlums affecting about 65 polling units."
CODE also recorded voter apathy across the country. In Ekiti State, for instance, INEC Ad-hoc Staff were seen either sleeping or laid-back because voters did not come out en masse to cast their vote, compared with voters’ turnout during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections. CODE notes that voter apathy was preempted by voters’ lack of confidence in the electoral process, low voter mobilization, threat of violence and heavy security deployment.
The negative impact of this cannot be quantified and must be addressed by electoral institutions," the statement added.
Also condemning acts of intimidation among many others, Code's chief of mission on electoral observation, Hamzat Lawal, listed threats and assaults of some journalists and CODE observers by thugs and party loyalists during the election process.
"These observers were severely assaulted for exposing vote buying, underage voting in Plateau, Taraba, Kano and Nasarawa States.
Lawal expresses concerns that: the issues around Election in Nigeria are far from being rectified and these issues continue to threaten the Nation’s democracy. The intentions of political parties to continue to undermine the competence of the Independent National Commission and the Nigerian Police Force reflects our level of unpreparedness in enhancing the autonomy of our electoral process.”
"CODE, again, urges INEC to adopt result-management process using secure technology for result collation and transmission to avoid bottlenecks experienced with collating election results with excel sheets. CODE commends Nigerians, particularly her youth, for their loyalty and resilience in the face of insurmountable pressure.
"This election is also a test of the magnanimity of Nigeria’s democratic consolidation and we urge political parties, supporters and Nigerians in general, to maintain peace," the statement concluded.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, March 15, called on members of the Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ekiti State Chapter, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure total dominance of the party in the state in all future elections.
Fayemi spoke in Ado-Ekiti during a meeting to appreciate members of the Ekiti State Council of the PMB/PYO Presidential Campaign Organisation and leaders of the party, for the success of the Presidential, National Assembly and State Assembly elections in the state.
He said the hard work and unity of purpose that earned the party victory during the just-concluded general elections must be sustained, especially ahead of the 2022 governorship election in the state.
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