2019: 8 Changes INEC Will Implement Before & During Elections
For those that have reservations about the 2015 General Elections, you may witness a better exercise in 2019.
According to INEC's Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, preparations and careful planning have begun.
Yakubu was speaking with members of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) who visited the commission’s office in Abuja.
“The last election was conducted about three weeks ago in Lagos and the next election is taking place in nine days in Sokoto. We have also fixed the Anambra governorship and state constituency elections for 18th November, 2017.
“Furthermore, we have already released the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections, to be held in July and September next year.”
The EU-EOM has made 30-point recommendations to INEC, but the commission says only 8 seem feasible.
“We have summarized and categorized the 2015 EU Observation Report. Eight of the recommendations are within the powers and primary responsibilities of INEC, while 22 are within the powers and responsibilities of other agencies or arms of government, especially the National Assembly,” he said.
According the INEC, the eight specific issues under the purview of the Commission include:
1. Organizational and operational planning within,
2. Transparency and making information of public interest available and accessible,
3. Biometric identification of voters,
4. Voter education,
5. Voter Register and the enrolment of new registrants;
6. The issue of exclusion of aspirants by political parties on the basis of wealth
7. Merger of accreditation and voting;
8. Increase in the number of polling units and public display of election results at lower levels, particularly results emanating from the Polling Units and Collation Centres.
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