The Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS has pledged to increase monetary help to Nigeria within the habits of subsequent year’s common elections.
This used to be because the regional body expressed gratitude to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for his contributions to the development of the electoral procedure and sustenance of democracy around the West African area.
Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, in a commentary Sunday in Abuja mentioned Gen. Francis Behanzin confirmed the appreciation when he led a delegation of the regional body on a courtesy consult with to the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
“Gen. Behanzin mentioned the aim of the consult with used to be to, amongst different issues, know about INEC’s preparation for the 2019 common elections and the demanding situations it used to be going through, in view of Nigeria’s huge voter inhabitants of over 80 million.
“He described Nigeria as ‘a very big country’, pledging financial support for the conduct of the elections. He also informed the INEC Chairman that ECOWAS would send 200 Observers for next year’s general election”, the commentary famous.
Responding, Prof. Yakubu thanked Gen. Behanzin for his sort phrases and seized the chance to give an explanation for the Commission’s arrangements for the 2019 polls.
He mentioned the Commission had advanced, validated and used to be already imposing its 2017 – 2021 Strategic Plan, the Election Project Plan and had additionally launched the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections since January ninth, this year.
He mentioned the Commission additionally performed the Continuous Voter Registration CVR workout that allowed voters who just became 18 years and different Nigerians who had by no means registered the chance to take action.
He knowledgeable the delegation that over 14.Five million electorate had been registered all through the workout between April 2017 and August 2018. This new determine can be added to the just about 70 million voters already within the nationwide Voter Register after due processes. He mentioned the rustic would possibly have about 83 million electorate after the sign in have been wiped clean up.
Prof. Yakubu noticed that carrying out common election in Nigeria could be likened to carrying out an election for the entire of ECOWAS.
He knowledgeable the delegation that Nigeria these days has 91 registered political events out of which 89 will box applicants for quite a lot of positions within the subsequent year common elections.
He mentioned the Commission works with security businesses under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES to protected the electoral atmosphere. Since the overall elections will happen concurrently in all states, he mentioned the security assembly could be cascaded to the states.
Speaking at the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions ECONEC, the INEC Chairman mentioned Nigeria has fulfilled its guarantees to the body since his election as its President in Cotonou, the Republic of Benin in March 2017. These come with: Location of the ECONEC Secretariat in Nigeria and the group’s consult with to many member nations. He expressed the hope that via the tip of March subsequent year when his tenure would finish, extra nations would were visited.
Prof Yakubu mentioned the Electoral Commission in Guinea Conakry not too long ago requested INEC for help to scrub up the rustic’s voter sign in, which used to be accomplished, whilst Nigeria additionally noticed the elections in Mali. He mentioned that INEC supported different Electoral Commissions within the ECOWAS area particularly within the space of voter registration. Burkina Faso and Ghana, he mentioned, had been additionally supplied with poll packing containers.
He known finance as the key problem going through ECONEC. While each and every member nation is expected to pay $5,000 according to annum, he used to be of the opinion that ECONEC would nonetheless require some give a boost to from ECOWAS.
The INEC Chairman mentioned he leant that ECOWAS had promised to give a boost to ECONEC with $1 million bucks and expressed the hope that with the General’s consult with, the account of ECONEC could be credited inside of a little while.
The Head of Political Affairs, ECOWAS, Dr. Remi Ajibewa reiterated the will for INEC to hold all stakeholders comprising political events, the media, civil society organisations and security businesses alongside because it prepares for the overall elections. He mentioned INEC will have to additionally synergise with the Police to protected the electoral procedure.
He recommended the Commission for the habits of the Osun State Governorship election however regretted that whilst INEC did its very best, the global group and electorate feared that security brokers could be used to create issues for the electoral procedure.
Present on the tournament had been National Commissioners Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, Engr. Abubakar Nahuche and Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu. The Acting Secretary to the Commission, Barr. Okechukwu Ndeche used to be additionally there.