INEC urged to review voters’ register

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BY olasunkanmi akoni
A civil society group, Community Life Project, CLP, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, to commence the process of registering those who turned 18 after the last voters’ registration and de-list deceased persons from its register.

It also called on the commission to start earnestly prepare for the local government elections scheduled to hold later this year and urged the National Assembly to work together to ensure early delineation of constituencies and polling units ahead of the 2015 elections.

In a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day Reclaim Naija Post-election Conference in Abuja, the group also urged INEC to institutionalise the strategies that led to the success of the last elections.

The communiqué was jointly signed by representatives of civil society organisations, including the CLP Executive Director, Ms. Ngozi Iwere, Dr. Aisha Akanbi from the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN, Dr. Otive Igbuzor amongst others.

Other personalities in attendance, include: representatives of INEC, security agencies, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, donor agencies, Civil Society Organisations, CSO, as well as other stakeholders.

The conference also recommended that INEC make information available to Nigerians, including analysis of the voters’ register, showing the percentage of men, persons with disability, women and youth as well as other demographics.

The communique read further:  “INEC should publish poll by poll result on the April 2011 election on its website. The messaging on elections including voting processes should be disability friendly.

“They should also accredit observers in good time at least one month before the commencement of the 2015 elections. INEC should embark on continuous voter registration in accordance with the law.

“INEC should monitor political party activities, management of funds and other operations in accordance with the electoral act.
“The conference also asked the government to “immortalize the NYSC members who paid the supreme price and gave their life for the 2011 general elections”.

“The government should also support other individuals and families including the police who lost their lives and properties due to election related violence”.

“The security agencies should be more systematic in their deployment of personnel to ensure that critical areas are not left out. They should ensure diligent prosecution of election offenders in an open and transparent manner.”

Earlier in her welcome address, Iwere said the conference was organized to provide a meeting point for civil society organizations, INEC, Security agencies, NYSC, donors and other stakeholders to conduct a post mortem of the elections in order to critically review the elections and chart a new direction for future engagement o the electoral process.

“We intended to create space for major actors to have frank discussions on what worked, what did not work, lessons learnt and what needs to be done between now and 2015 to sustain the momentum and consolidate the gains of the 2011 elections”, she added.

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