The Nigerian Army has said it intervened in the 2019 general election because of lack of adequate policemen to man the polling booths.
The army made the submission at a meeting with a coalition of civil society organisations to review the 2019 general election with a view to fashioning out ways of improvement.
TVC reports that the meeting was attended by INEC national commissioners, Resident Electoral Commissioners, security agencies, politicians and civil society organisations with bias for the electoral process.
The meeting is coming some six weeks after Nigeria’s general election and with more than seven hundred litigation already filed across various courts and tribunals.
The aim was to take a second look at the conduct of all key actors and proffer ways of achieving a better outing in future elections.
The INEC leadership admits some lapses on its part but worries about the high cost of elections in the country, attributing it to lack of trust.
To the commission, spending as much as N189billion on election and printing ballot papers outside the country cannot be justified where there is mutual trust.
Meanwhile, YIAGA AFRICA has conducted an extensive reflection sessions with its state focal points in charge of election observation deployment in various states in Nigeria to assess the quality of its deployment for the 2019 elections.
YIAGA AFRICA had through its Watching The Vote (WTV) project deployed 3906 observers across all local government areas in Nigeria for the 2019 presidential elections using the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology.
The election observer group is now taking steps to assess the process in a bid to improve on it ahead of the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections coming up in November 2019.
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