The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) . Election Observation Mission (EOM) has stressed the need for security agents to
Investigate the incidences of the fire outbreaks at INEC facilities and account to the public on the cause of the fire.
The EISA EOM is comprised of 16 observers drawn from civil society groups and election management bodies from 13 African countries..
The former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and EISA EOM Chair, Dr Jakaya Kikwete, stated this in Abuja,at media conference of the Commonwealth Observer Group on its preliminary assessments of the 2019 General Elections.
Dr Kikwete who also called for the training of security officers on their role in crowd control, said there was need to make them aware of their role within the setup of the polling unit and avoid being intrusive.
“The EISA EOM offers the following short-term recommendations that stakeholders need to take into consideration in preparation for the forthcoming gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections.”
” The security agents should provide maximum security to INEC facilities across the country from registration areas to the INEC headquarters.
The EISA EOM Chair, urged the INEC to conduct refresher training of all the elections staff to ensure that the staff can conduct the exercise in accordance with the required regulations with confidence.
” Train queue controllers in all polling units to contribute to orderliness of the process 13. Concluding remarks: Cognisant of the fact the process is yet to be concluded, with the results collation for the presidential and national assembly elections still ongoing.”
“The EISA EOM commends Nigerians for their commitment and resilience and encourages them to remain peaceful throughout the final stages of the process.’he added.
The EISA EOM is led by His Excellency Rupiah Banda, former President of Zambia, with Mr. Denis Kadima, EISA’s Executive Director as the Deputy Mission Leader.
The deployment of the EISA EOM was preceded by a pre-election assessment mission in January 2019. Members of the EOM began arriving in the country on 6 February 2019 and will depart on 26 February 2019