- The chairman of INEC has been commended by about 75 registered political parties over the 2019 general elections
- Chairmen of the parties blamed the lapses in the election on security agencies collusion with unscrupulous politicians
- The political class was urged to take internal democracy seriously
About 75 registered political parties on Monday, May 6, passed a vote of confidence on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, following what they described as successful completion 2019 general elections.
Leadership reports that chairmen of the parties who spoke at a 2-day round table on the evaluation of the last polls in Abuja, said Yakubu deserved the commendation.
The national round table with the theme: "The role and Performances of Stakeholders in the 2019 General elections, issues, challenges and prospects", drew together political stakeholders, including members of the civil society organisations.
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In her address, acting executive director, Centre for Transparent Advocacy (CTA ), co-organisers of the event, Faith Nwadishi, urged the political class to “take internal democracy seriously”.
In a statement issued at the end of the conference, the chairmen said: “The round table after a comprehensive review of the conduct of the 2019 general elections passes a vote of confidence on the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu for the successful conduct of the election.
“The round table indicts the security agencies for the lapses in the election due largely to their collusion with unscrupulous politicians and negligence to do their jobs.
"On some of the challenges encountered during the election, the round table deplored role played the military and some other security agents as well as activities of thugs who they said were used by desperate politicians.
"The roundtable condemned the hypocrisy of the leadership of the security agencies that manifested in the partisan deployment of police and security personnel to polling station/voting point, and also condemned the unprofessional conducts of security agents.”
The party chairmen also condemned the unprofessional conducts of security agents during the elections.
They added that conducting Assembly, governorship/state Assembly and chairmanship/councillorship elections on the same day will save cost, ensure emergence of quality leadership, the integrity of the ballot, large voter turnout and guarantee improved security on election day.
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The parties called on INEC to strengthen the capacity of its polling staff through training and retraining especially on the handling of the card readers, assisting voters as well as other electoral procedures to ensure transparency and credibility during future elections.
INEC was also advised to consider the recruitment of permanent staff for the collation of results.
“The Roundtable calls on the National Assembly should immediately re-present to President Muhammadu Buhari the amended electoral and calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful to ensure that the amended Electoral Bill is signed into law," the chairmen added.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that election observer group, Centre for Transparency Advocacy commended the INEC on the conduct of 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.
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