Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday revealed that only 50 out of 108 domestic observers, during the last general elections, have so far submitted their reports.
Even as it blamed security challenges in the country for the reduction in the number of field observers deployed to monitor the conduct of the 2015 general election.
The acting chairperson of the commission, Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari in a goodwill message in a post-election workshop in Abuja, regretted that the general election came at a time the nation was facing serious security challenges with attendant violent militia agitation in the North-east where many lives were lost.
Zakari, who was represented by Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku, a national commissioner in the commission, noted that one of the fallouts of the security situation was the reduction in the number of field observers deployed by accredited observer groups.
She however, stated that the establishment of INEC Situation Room improved the relations between the commission and the observer groups.
According to her, unlike in the past, INEC did not have to wait for months after elections to receive reports, when it could intervene during elections to solve problems.
“The real-time reports of events in the field to the Situation Room and use of social media and the rapid intervention of the commission when necessary have improved the quality of the electoral process and improved confidence between observers and the commission, especially during the 2015 general elections,” the INEC boss noted.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Election and Party Monitoring Committee of INEC, Dr. Muhammed Wali regretted that only 50 out of 108 domestic observer groups accredited by the commission to monitor the general elections, ‎have so far submitted their reports.
“This is not good enough and I expect that the remaining groups should ensure that their reports are submitted to the commission,” Wali advised.
He promised that INEC would use the outcome of the workshop to improve the process during the Kogi and Bayelsa State governorship election to be held later this year.

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