Nigeria: CDD Calls For Review Of Electoral System To Strengthen Democracy
The centre for Democracy Development, CDD has called for the review of the nations electoral system to strengthen democracy in the country.
The Director of the organisation, Idayat Hassan made the call in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the findings of the just concluded Edo state governorship election.
Hassan while commending the contributions of stakeholders towards the success of the election said reforms of the electoral system would check violence and ensure the emergence of credible leaders through free and fair elections.
“In addition to the electorate, the credible outcome of the election was due to the activities of various strategic stakeholders, particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission, and to the pace-keeping efforts, the Oba of Benin and the Abdulsalam Abubakar led National Peace Committee, who worked and intervened firmly, under a very dire pre-election context that portended violent election conflicts.”
“Their intervention helped to turn electoral “swords” into “plowshares.”
However, the CDD warned that there remain certain anomalies in the process, which if left unaddressed could turn the current euphoria into a mirage that would evaporate, precipitating a reversal to the status quo ante of the country’s experience of seriously flawed electoral outcomes.
Contributing, the Director, Civil Society Advocacy Centre Auwal Musa Rafsanjani who commended president Mohammadu Buhari for his congratulatory massage to the winner of the Edo state governorship election said this would go along way to boost the nations democracy.
He further stressed the need for political office holders to create innovative programmes that would alleviate the plight of the citizens.
Other stakeholders at the forum commended INEC for the introduction of the result viewing portal at improving transparency and accountability of the collation and declaration of results.