NILDS Submits 2019 National Assembly and Presidential Elections Observation Report To INEC
A formal report of the 2019 National Assembly and Presidential Election Observation, undertaking by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS has been officially received by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Presenting the two-volume report to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, represented by the INEC Commissioner and Chairperson, Election and Party Monitoring Committee of INEC, Prof. Antonia Simbine, INEC commended NILDS while stating its confidence in the Institute’s capacity, Prof. Simbine expressed dismay that, in spite of the fact that Report Writing is a major criteria for INEC accreditation of Observer Groups, INEC has only received reports from only 50 election Observer groups. She noted that, “A total of 120 Observer groups were accredited to observe the 2019 National Assembly and Presidential Elections across the 36 states, plus FCT, this is made up of, 34 International Observer groups. Three months after the elections, only 54 Election Observer Groups have so far, submitted reports to INEC. ‘’We take Observer Reports very seriously, as recommendations of Observer Groups would greatly help to improve the electoral system. While warning that INEC may not give accreditation for subsequent elections to groups that fail to submit reports, she assured that NILDS partnership in the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa elections would be greatly appreciated.
Earlier, the Director General National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman, while presenting the report, observed that, INEC, being an independent agency, and NILDS, a non-partisan agency of democracy have a joint responsibility to ensure the improvement of, not only the electoral process but develop and enhance, the processes of governance and democratic culture of Nigerians. “I believe that the findings, observations and recommendations as contained in the report, would be useful for future improvements on the electoral process, deepening of Nigeria’s democracy and beneficial to Nigeria and the international communities.” He noted.
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS on 23rd February, 2019, deployed a total of 104 observers, comprising, 3 Professors, 20 academics and 19 PhD holders to participate as NILDS Institutional Election Observation Group, in the 6 geo-political zones across the country for the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
The exercise took place in 25 states of the Federation, namely, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara, Plateau, Kwara, Benue, Niger, Kogi, Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Delta, Edo, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Imo and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
This is the 2nd time the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS is participating in the Observation of General Elections in Nigeria.
NILDS, a non-partisan institution remains a center of excellence on legislative practice, procedure and democracy, a core center for capacity building in democratic governance, an organ of the National Assembly, committed to providing technical support services and manpower development for democratic institutions.
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