INEC Seeks Suggestions For Improvement In Conduct Of Future Elections

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has issued a request for proposals on how the conduct of future elections in Nigeria might be improved.

In continuation of the quarterly Consultative meeting with the media and INEC members to evaluate the 2023 general elections, Yakubu made the call on Wednesday at the Commission's conference room in Abuja. The meeting was called to discuss the 2023 elections.

During the course of the previous two weeks, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been in conversation with key stakeholders who were involved in the administration of the general elections in the country in 2023.

Yakubu, while speaking to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), acknowledged that although there were many great parts of the elections, there were also numerous issues. He stated that there are many positive aspects of the polls.

He stated that the commission is aware that different election petition tribunals are debating different issues of the election, and that the commission is aware of this.

"It is appropriate to review the election broadly as enumerated on the agenda for this meeting contained in your folders," Yakubu added. "While we are careful not to touch on issues that are clearly sub-judice, it is appropriate to review the election broadly as enumerated on the agenda for this meeting."
"More specifically, and based on your actual experience of reporting or analyzing the election, we would like to hear your observation and suggestions on the processes and procedure for the accreditation of media organizations," you said. "We would like to hear your observation and suggestions on the processes and procedure for the accreditation of media organizations."

The conduct of pre-election activities by the commission, such as Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), voter access to polling units, and other such matters are also on the agenda. Journalists must be allowed access to voting and tallying places on election day.

Other areas in which Yakubu has requested suggestions include the recruiting and training of ad-hoc workers, the conduct of regular and ad-hoc officials during the election, and the logistics for the transportation of individuals and goods. Yakubu has made these requests.

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In addition to this, he asked for recommendations concerning the safety of the election itself, the function of technology in the process of voter registration and the administration of the results, and any other recommendations that will facilitate the smoother running of elections in the future.
Comrade Chris Isiguzo MFR, president of the NUJ, stated that the review meeting is a priceless chance for self-reflection and growth in one's professional life.

Isiguzo urged everyone, "As President of the NUJ, I urge each and every one of you to seize this moment to contribute thoughtfully, honestly, and constructively," he stated.

"The results of our combined efforts will determine the trajectory of the media's participation in Nigeria's electoral process and, consequently, the state of our democracy."

Yakubu convened a meeting on Tuesday with representatives from several political parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Labour Party (LP), and others, in order to discuss the general elections in 2023.

A discussion on the preparations for the off-season governorship elections that will take place on November 11, 2023 in the states of Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa was also on the agenda for the meeting.

 


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