Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has reiterated the need for international experience sharing and capacity building for electoral officials in Africa, adding that such efforts would improve the integrity of elections in the continent.
The chairman, who expressed delight that the team from University of South Africa, UNISA, were around to interact with and get relevant feedback from the programme’s Alumni (INEC staff) who had previously participated in the Management of Democratic Elections in Africa, MDEA, programme in order to recalibrate, to redesign and enhance their curriculum to meet present realities and challenges on election delivery.
According to him, “The feedback from the alumni would assist the organizers to tailor their programme to the realities and challenges, so that we can move the integrity of elections in our continent further.”
Professor Yakubu was represented by his chief technical adviser, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, at the Evaluation, Monitoring and Mentorship visit by the head of the Institute of African Renaissance of the University of South Africa, Professor Vuyusile Msila, for the programme at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
The chairman further stressed that, “The conduct of elections is quite critical, and this exercise is an opportunity to learn, unlearn and to relearn new things so that we are not complacent in our ways of doing things.”
In his remarks, Professor Vuyusile explained that the programme had been on since 2010 with the support of USAID.
He expressed joy that the visit would provide the opportunity to share experiences with MDEA alumni and also learn from their challenges and the problems within the programme.
He further explained that the programme, which is presently run by 27 African countries and counting, is “focused on solving African problems, trying to spread the gospel and getting Africans discussing as to how to minimise the problems that comes elections and voting throughout.”
Vuyusile said the positive feedback from the governments of the different participating countries had shown that the programme was very necessary and needed to be done as much as possible so as promote the much sought after peace in Africa.
Speaking further, he stressed that the feedback from the different countries would help improve the programme’s newly introduced modules on youths and elections, gender, election ethics as well as the charter of elections.

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