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CODE Presents Reports On Presidential, National Assembly Elections



A nongovernmental organisation, Connected Development (CODE), through its platform for observing and monitoring the 2019 elections, Uzabe, has released its report on the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections across Nigeria.

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the organisation, Hamzat Lawal, presented the results, Thursday.

According to Lawal, through the Uzabe mapping tool, CODE established early warning systems for communities and voters, strengthened mitigation and emergency response during the presidential and National Assembly Elections.

The report reads in part, “CODE had on ground observers and online social sentiment analysis who reported over 3,887 reports. From the reports, Uzabe were able to establish about 453 election incidents across the federation including the FCT.

“Uzabe received over 3,887 reports from on-the-ground observers and online social sentiment analysts. From these reports, Uzabe established about 453 election incidents across 34 states of the Federation and the FCT.”

He commended INEC and security agencies over their professional conduct at the election.

“The CODE would also like to acknowledge the commitment made by various volunteers, the field observers, who sent in reports to Uzabe for public awareness to ensure transparency; their time and resources were critical to the conduct of an objective electoral process.

“CODE also commends Nigerians, particularly her youth, for their loyalty and resilience in the face of insurmountable pressure.”

The group further advised INEC to provide policies and regulations guiding campaign financing to enhance accountability of political candidates and also legal measures should be introduced to address abuse of state resources.

“Appropriate authorities should investigate all allegations of violence and cases of violent acts, as well as vandalism and destruction of election materials and electorates’ properties, in accordance with the rule of law, and perpetrators held legally responsible.”

According to Lawal, “in order to enhance confidence in the election process, INEC’s complete autonomy must be strengthened to ensure it provides more effective and objective electoral process; the organisation must develop result-management process using competent and secure technology; and provide a more conducive environment for collating results in regions.”

He added that, “There should be policies and regulations guiding campaign financing to enhance accountability of political candidates and also legal measures should be introduced to address abuse of state resources; INEC must introduce reforms that allow for Nigerians in the diaspora to vote the candidate of their choice.”

“Under-age voting is a violation of the Nigerian constitution and it is prevalent in some regions of the country. INEC must work to curb this issue as it serves as an indictment on the credibility of election process and ultimately a threat to our democracy.

“Party agents must learn to be cordial irrespective of political differences and must desist from inciting election-violence. Government must apply punitive measures in prosecuting criminals and perpetrators of election-based violence and security agents must do better in protecting lives and properties of the electorate and ensure lives are not lost during the electoral process. We cannot keep addressing issues of electoral violence except we adequately prepare for these contingencies,” he said.




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