INEC News Bulletin
2019: IRI PLEDGES TO SUPPORT INEC FOR PEACEFUL ELECTIONS
The International Republican Institute (IRI), one of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Development partners, has pledged to support the conduct of peaceful, credible and an all-inclusive 2019 general elections.
The pledge came when the President of IRI, Mr. Daniel Twining, visited INEC’s Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday.
The host, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu who said the Commission had been in an election mood since last year, further restated the commitment of INEC the successful conduct of peaceful, credible and an all inclusive 2019 general elections.
He said: “For us it is not a thing of choice. A well conducted election is the recipe for peace, progress and development, a badly conducted election is the recipe for chaos so in the interest of stability in our nation, we have no choice than to continue to conduct good, credible elections”.
Professor Yakubu highlighted some of the steps taken by the Commission towards keeping to its assurance to conducting locally and internationally accepted elections. “We have completed our Strategic Plan and Plan of Action for 2019 elections”.
He hinted that the Commission was meeting this week to review its Election Project Plan (EPP), a move which he explained would give the Commission the opportunity to review the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise among other things.
The INEC Chairman also stressed about the importance of early completion of the review of the electoral legal framework currently being carried out by the National Assembly. “The National Assembly is looking at the electoral legal framework; it is our hope that they will complete work in earnest before the statute of limitation set by ECOWAS sets in, which is six months before the elections”.
Professor Yakubu further noted with delight that the continuous engagement with stakeholders, especially Political Parties on the need for an all-inclusive process which includes the participation of Women, Youths and People Living with Disabilities was yielding results.
“We have continued to engage the stakeholders on the need for an all-inclusive participation in the electoral process (women, youths and PWDs) not just in voting but seeking for elective positions. I am happy to say that out of the current 68 registered political parties, three are led by women,” he said.
Professor Yakubu welcomed the support of the IRI to deepening Democracy in Nigeria. He noted that both organizations had a shared interest in promoting democracy through credible elections. “You have in us a partner in the promotion of democracy and peaceful elections”, he assured.
Earlier in his remarks, the President of IRI, Daniel Twining, said the purpose of the visit was to interact with the Commission and get its take on preparations for the 2019 general elections.
Mr. Twining explained that IRI and other partner organizations such as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) were concerned about electoral integrity, strengthening political participation, as well as in connectivity between citizens and governments. He underscored the need for partnerships with organizations that would assist INEC to deliver on its mandate.