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Fri, Jul 28, 2023 10:50 PM

INEC Prepares for Gubernatorial Polls Amidst Previous Election Backlash

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INEC Prepares for Gubernatorial Polls Amidst Previous Election Backlash
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is gearing up for upcoming gubernatorial polls in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States. This comes after facing criticism for the 2023 general election. YIAGA Africa's post-election report highlighted the need for improvements in the electoral legal framework and digitalised election systems. Dr Hussaini Abdu, Chairman of YIAGA Africa, emphasizes the importance of finding the right digital platform that suits Nigeria's electoral system.

FCT, Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is gearing up for another election in a couple of months, and all eyes are on them to deliver a credible election as Nigeria's democracy lies in their hands.

INEC has been a victim of numerous backlash for conducting the 2023 general election, which many have described as a flop, a scam, or a waste of resources and time.

On Friday, July 28, in Abuja, Africa's electoral observer group, YIAGA Africa, released its final post-election report of the 2023 general elections.

The report obtained by was jointly signed by YIAGA Africa's board chair, Dr Hussaini Abdu, and executive director, Samson Itodo.

As contained in the first paragraph of the post-election report, YIAGA Africa described the 2023 polls as "one of the most meticulously planned since 1999."

The report highlighted ambiguities, complexities, and inadequacies of the electoral legal framework.

It also emphasized the need to protect voters' rights, inclusivity, safeguard electoral technologies, quality political engagement, and candidate selection.

Meanwhile, another off-cycle election is approaching as INEC will conduct the gubernatorial polls in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.

Knowing that INEC had a bad outing in the 2023 general election adopting a digitalized election, the electoral body would be seeking redemption with the three off-cycle polls slated for Saturday, November 11.

When asked about the readiness of Nigeria to adopt a digitalized election after INEC's failed outing at the general election, YIAGA Africa's board chairman, Dr Hussaini Abdu, exclusively told that no digital platform is perfect.

He said:

"If you check round the world, there are still a very few countries that are actually doing digitalized election."

"Even the most advanced democracy don't do it. What could have informed that? That's the question we should be asking," Dr Abdu said rhetorically.

He noted that Nigeria needs to find the right element of a digital election that suits the system and makes it easier for electorates.

Dr Abdu said digital platforms are uncontrollable and complex.

He said:

"As much as we try to secure it, it's not a platform an institution or an individual can control.

"You can cry about INEC manipulation if you wish, but a citizen can also manipulate it in another way."

He noted that only a proper assessment of a more veritable platform could help solve the digitalization problems in Nigeria's electoral system.

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