Logistics, security, legal framework to dominate INEC review of 2019 general election

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Logistics deployment, security and legal framework for the conduct of future elections in Nigeria are some of the fundamental issues that would be on the front burner during the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) review of the 2019 general election this May and June.

The February/March general election conducted by INEC were severely marred by poor logistics deployment, evident in the nationwide late arrival of election materials and poll officials, faulty smart card readers; security threats resulting in violent disruption of polls and poor legal framework culminating in inconclusive elections and suspension of polls in some cases.

According to the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room preliminary report, 58 people were killed during the elections. It also and expressed worries over excessive military involvement in the elections, particularly in the South-South and South-East, specifically Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states.

The group, which raised serious concern over the shortcomings of the elections, said there was prevalence of vote-buying in Adamawa, Sokoto, Lagos, Delta, Enugu, Ekiti, Bauchi, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kwara, Zamfara, Kebbi, Oyo, Kano and Osun States within the range of N500 and N5,000.

It demanded an independent inquiry into the exercise and condemned the spate of violence as well as bloodshed, especially in Rivers State in the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Apparently responding to the unfavourable assessments of the 2019 polls by international and domestic observer groups, public analysts and Nigerians generally, INEC at its postmortem meeting after the elections resolved to review the 2019 general election in May/June to evaluate its performance during the last polls.

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voter Education and Publicity, while announcing the resolution said: “The Commission approved a proposal to conduct an extensive review and debriefing on the 2019 general election, in line with … Read More...