By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA— The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said, yesterday, it was poised to implement all the recommendations made by the European Union Observation Mission to the 2015 general election in the country.
A statement from the commission quoted its chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, as disclosing this when the lead member of the EU Parliament Democracy Support and Election Coordination group, Mr. Santiago Fisas, led a delegation to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said: “We have studied the 2015 General Elections Observation Report of the EU carefully and we have itemized thirty of the recommendations from the report.
“Some of them require administrative action from the commission and where we can implement some of these recommendations, we have already started implementing them.”
He said the commission, in a bid to strengthen and deepen democratic processes, was taking all necessary steps towards implementing recommendations from the European Union 2015 Elections Observation Report that required INEC’s administrative action.
According to him, the commission is working with the National Assembly to ensure those that needed legal and constitutional amendments were addressed well ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He listed some of the recommendations already being implemented by the commission to include simultaneous accreditation and voting; continuous voter registration (in states where elections have held under the supervision of present commission with the national roll out of the exercise coming soon); cleaning up of the voter register; sustained consultation with stakeholders; collation and transmission of results; and improving the functionality of the Smart Card Reader (SCR).
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Mr. Santiago Fisas, had commended the commission for the feat achieved in the 2015 general elections, stressing that the elections were not only accepted in Europe but also globally.