The International Observer Mission of The National Democratic Institute (NDI) commended the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on the overall conduct of the March 28 elections and encouraged the electoral body to improve on the effectiveness of card readers and results transmission before the April 11 Governorship and House of Assembly elections.
The leader of the group, Ambassador Johnnie Carson, made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja on their findings and observations during the elections. He commended the enthusiasm of voters especially women and the aged and called on INEC to review the delay in transportation and other logistic challenges that characterized the polls in many centers. He also stressed the need for the electoral body to adopt a new technology that would enhance transmission of results from the polling units directly to INEC Headquarters in Abuja.
“The multiple staged process that is currently being used can be improved upon and the best way is to adopt technologies and procedures that ensure that once the counting is done at the local unit where it is seen by all of the people who witnessed it, the result can be transmitted directly to the INEC Headquarters.”
Also, The Senior Associate for Africa and Regional Director at NDI, Mr Christopher Fomunyoh, urged the Federal Government to maintain the security structure for the April elections. He stated that INEC should build on and institutionalize best practices used during the March polls including refresher training and guidance on crowd control. INEC should also provide ongoing training for security forces regarding the provision of election related security.
Another observer and former governor of Colorado, US, Bill Ritter, emphasized the need for political leaders not to take the law into their own hands and use illegal means to resolve their grievances.
The group monitored the elections in 25 LGAs in 9 states spread across the 6 Geo-political zones.