By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
ONE of the Civil Society groups that monitored the July 14, 2012 governorship election in Edo State, CLEEN FOUNDATION, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies as well as the people of Edo State for the peaceful conduct of the election.
The group also commended the JUSTICE FOR ALL, J4A, programme of the United Kingdom Government Department for International Development, DfiD, for its generous support towards the observation of the election.
The foundation in its statement on the conduct of security officials during the Edo State governorship election, however, recommended that INEC’s logistics deployment strategy should be improved upon while the terrain and peculiarity of the environment should be studied before elections.
The foundation while addressing newsmen in Benin yesterday through its Manager, Accountability and Justice, Mr. Chinedu Nwagu, also recommended that for future elections in the country, INEC should undertake a complete review and harmonization of the Voters’ Register to reduce incidents of double registration, missing names and photographs, fake voters’ register among others.
It said the training and deployment of security officers for election should be harmonized and better coordinated to ensure synergy, saying security officials should be given more training in crowd control and should be better equipped to manage conflict situations.
The group further advised that the involvement of military personnel during elections should be minimized as it usurps police functions and undermines their ability to learn from previous experiences and build the capacity to secure elections.