INEC should modify its processes before March 11 election – observers

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Lagos, March 2, 2023 – Two civil society groups said they identified some flaws in the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections conducted on Saturday, Feb. 25.

They two civil society groups are The Justice Development and Peace Commission and The Community Life Project.

They advised INEC to modify its processes for an acceptable outcome of the March 11 Governorship and House of Assembly polls across states.

The group presented a preliminary report on Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Lagos on Wednesday.

Raymond Aniwafe, the Executive Director of JPDC, said the group deployed 272 observers in the February 25 election.

He said before the election, the body monitored the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from December 12, 2022, to February 5, 2023.

The director said the turnout of voters at the polling booths was huge and an improvement on the previous elections.

He commended civil society groups and the media for good voter education before the election.

“Most of the flaws of the election were human-induced ones that could be prevented if the regulatory body recruited the right persons and trained them well for the project.

“The malfunction of the BVAS machine that failed to transmit election result when it most needed cast doubt on the honesty of INEC and its ad hoc staff that manned those devices at the polls,” he said.

Ngozi Iwere, the Executive Director of CLP, said Nigerians should not be deterred from participating in the leadership selection process.

She faulted the disposition of some security operatives at the election, noting that a proper security network would restore people’s confidence in the process.

Iwere decried activities of thugs at polling units and urged the people to stand up for their rights. (GBN)

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