Kaduna - National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been urged to start preparations for
2019 electoral process to avoid recurrence of challenges encountered during the
2015 general elections.
Participants at a workshop organized by Centre for Research
and Documentation (CRD) made the call at a workshop in Kaduna on Monday.
According to them, late preparation almost hampered the last
elections but resulted in postponement that almost led the nation to chaos.
They said until INEC maked the issue of 2019 a priority,
Nigeria may as well face some avoidable problems as it was during the last
They identified low level of sensitization by INEC, poor
distribution of Permanent Voter Card (PVC), late arrival of election materials,
non adherence to the principles and operations of card reader in the use of
PVCs also gave room for under aged voters.
In their submission, they recognised the role of card reader
in the improvement made in the 2015 general elections and charged INEC to do
"This is to perfect the electronic voting system in the
country. If banks can register numbers in short time why can't INEC do same?’’
The election stakeholders also commended the administration
of Goodluck Jonathan for swiftly accepting the election results and
congratulating president Buhari as that according to them averted a major
crises in the country.
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They equally praised the contributions of the social media
which they said gave opportunity to citizens to monitor the election.
They urged INEC to be sensitive to the plight of women and
physically-challenged persons by providing special facilities to carter for
their needs within the polling units.
While commending INEC for improvement recorded in the last
elections, they called on it to do everything within it power to make
electronic voting system a reality in the country.
They, therefore, urged INEC to monitor funds used in
elections by political parties and ensure that accreditation and voting were
done simultaneously in subsequent elections.
Executive Director of CRD, Ahmad Mohammed said the workshop
was to look into the 2015 general elections and to develop a concept note on
how to improve on subsequent elections which will be presented to INEC.