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INEC to strengthen supervisory role over parties

31 August 2012, 12:05

Abuja  - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  is to strengthen its supervisory role over political parties with a view to enhancing  existing relationships, a communiqué said in Abuja on Thursday.

The communiqué, issued at the end of an  International Workshop on Security Challenges of Election Management, was signed by Mrs Amina Zakari, the INEC National Commissioner in- charge of political parties,

It said improved relationship between  INEC and political parties would  go a long way in encouraging political parties to adhere to internal democracy modalities aimed at reducing conflicts preparatory to the 2015 elections.

It said 2011 elections, however, signal some silver lining at the end of the tunnel.

The communiqué stressed the need to put in place a template for the deployment of security personnel during  elections to ensure their  effectiveness.

It said training and capacity building  for security officials improved performance at elections.

``All factors that induce violence at election must be addressed, including selection of candidate for elective offices other than through party primaries.

 ``  The use of hate speech at campaigns by politicians and prior to elections, undue use of money in politicking  must be thoroughly addressed.

"Redeployment of security personnel  and electoral officers should be done only in line with  their  safety or integrity, the communiqué said.

It called for the establishment of an INEC intelligence unit to enable the commission to compare notes with other security agencies.

The communiqué said civic education for youths and other  stakeholders would moderate their expectation in the electoral process to ensure success of the 2015 elections.

It said that INEC needed adequate power to prosecute electoral offenders, while polling units should be sanitised and decentralised to ensure effective security coverage.


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