- INEC Urges others to submit their reports and recommendations.
- Mahmood says the report is expected to be all-encompassing.
The International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) have submitted their reports on the 2019 general elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Recall that a few days ago, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) submitted its report to the commission, making some key recommendations.
The reports were submitted by NDI’s Senior Associate for Africa and Regional Director for Central and West Africa, Dr Chris Fomunyoh and the Acting Regional Director for Africa Division at the IRI, Elizabeth Lewis, to INEC at his headquarters in Abuja.
INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmoud, while receiving the report assured the two organisations of the commission’s readiness to implement the recommendations, especially the one on administrative actions.
The chief electoral officer said the commission expected the report to be all-encompassing with clear recommendations for all institutions involved in the electoral process.
“Given the size and peculiarities of different parts of the country, it is understandable that no single observer group covered every polling unit and collation centre throughout the federation.
“For the 2019 general elections, the commission accredited 159 organisations (39 foreign and 120 domestic) which deployed 73,258 observers. Some of the organisations have already submitted their reports.”
The INEC boss also appealed to all organisations that are yet to submit their reports to do so in earnest, in line with their terms of accreditation, to enable the commission to have a global view of all the recommendations.
“The commission will study your recommendations in detail and will continue to partner with you to improve the electoral and democratic processes in Nigeria. We have already embarked on our own internal reviews. Your report is coming at the right time.
“I wish to assure you that we will implement aspects of your recommendations that require administrative action by the commission, beginning with the forthcoming Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections scheduled for November 16. We will also work with other institutions on aspects of your recommendations that require consequential action beyond the mandate of the commission.”g together to improve our electoral process.”