The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has expressed concern over what it termed ‘unseriousness’ on the a part of some organisations it accredited to look at elections.
In accordance with INEC among the unserious behaviours by some observer teams included plagiarism in writing their report, delay within the submission of reviews
Chairman of the Election and Social gathering Monitoring Committee (EPMC) and Nationwide Commissioner, Mr. Sam Olumekun, raised the priority throughout an election overview workshop, held in Abuja on Wednesday.
The EPMC chairman famous that “whereas there are fairly quite a few reliable, sincere, goal, hardworking and credible observer teams within the nation and have contributed enormously to deepening democracy and the electoral course of in Nigeria through the years, there are nonetheless others who’ve continued to be unserious about election statement and cared much less about integrity”.
Represented by the Director of Voter Schooling and Publicity Division, Ayodele Aluko, the Nationwide Commissioner disclosed that “the fee has proof of observer teams engaged in plagiarism of their report.”
He mentioned, “we noticed quite a few teams submitting comparable reviews. The fee is anxious with this improvement and new measures will quickly be unveiled to handle such components throughout the election”.
He additional lamented the low variety of accredited observer teams who’ve submitted their reviews because the conclusion of the Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections.
In accordance with Mr. Olumekun, “by our data, out of the 88 accredited teams for Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections, 85 accomplished accreditation course of and deployed about 9,830 area observers, for Ekiti and Osun.”
“Because the conduct of those elections, observer teams have been submitting their reviews to the Fee however it’s pertinent to notice that out of the 88 accredited teams, solely 25 reviews have been obtained for Ekiti, whereas solely 27 teams have submitted for Osun election to date”, he mentioned.
The EPMC chairman, nevertheless, counseled majority of the observer teams who he mentioned have continued to deepen the electoral course of via lively participation in all points of the Fee’s actions and have continued to supply recommendation on areas deserving of enhancements.
“I additionally admire you all for the position you performed in making certain that the Electoral Act 2022 was signed. On behalf of the Fee, I acknowledge your resilience and your assist all through the method,” he added.
Mr. Olumekun implored all Civil Society Organisations to check the Electoral Act 2022 to be able to achieve the wanted data of the provisions which have modified the framework and dynamics of election administration within the nation.
He additional hinted that the fee would quickly start the method of participating observer teams for the 2023 Normal Election, and suggested that organisations who possibly within the common election ought to apply on the proper time, stressing that the fee wouldn’t accommodate late functions.
The Director, Election and Social gathering Monitoring Division (EPM), Aminu Idris, urged the observer teams who have been but to submit their report to take action.
He mentioned the fee wanted to check and overview the reviews for enhancements earlier than the final election subsequent yr.
The director underscored the important position observers play within the electoral course of, stressing that their reviews are thought of worthwhile instruments to evaluate the efficiency of the electoral physique.