ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA: A GROUP OF INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS MAKES A DAMNING REPORT.
The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) is very concerned that,
after six consecutive elections, electoral violence remains a feature of Nigeria’s electoral landscape.
Mr. Rupiah Banda, former president of Zambia and head of the EISA Election Observation Mission (EOM),
said Monday in Abuja during the preliminary assessment of the organization presidential and national elections of 2019.
According to him, polling stations were interrogated in Abuja, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo.
Bandah said that during the elections, security was very important, security working in a democratic way.
According to him, there is no widespread military deployment throughout the country on election day,
except in the north-east where the terrorist threat remains high.
“Elections have not been observed in some areas of local government (LGA) that have suffered violence and terrorist attacks
because of certain security risks and threats resulting from the Nigerian political environment “, did he declare.
He added that cases of arson, construction and destruction of property during the preparations for elections raise doubts
about the ability of security agencies to effectively secure the electoral process.
“These doubts were further reinforced by the fires that broke out in three offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) just before the elections,” he said.
Commenting on the amendment to the electoral law, Bill Muhammadu Buhari said the non-promulgation of the bill was a missed opportunity.
He added that the legal framework in force in Nigeria did not provide for independent candidacy or voting abroad.
“The silence of the law remains on the legal framework, which affects the right to vote.”
While commending Nigeria for the growing number of registered political parties, he said that this indicated a more democratic democratic space.
He added that parties were largely motivated by personalities rather than ideologies.
The increase could also be attributed to a stifled internal democracy following the acrimonious primaries that left many aspirants unhappy.
“In addition, the high price of the candidacy for election candidates excludes some qualified candidates who may have no financial means,
especially women and youth, to be elected to the House of Commons. political parties.”
According to him, all political parties, only the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Democratic People’s Party (PDP), have a national presence.
This, he said, makes political and individual treaties and elective positions bought by the highest bidder.
Bandah stated that women were continually marginalized within political party structures and general political and electoral processes in Nigeria.
He added that the nation ranks 181st out of 193 women’s world rankings in parliaments, with a representation of only 5% in the outgoing National Assembly.
Giving the organization’s recommendations, he said security agencies should investigate the fires at INEC.
They therefore stated that they should investigate reported incidents of violence on polling day and bring perpetrators to trial.
However, he urges Nigerians to be resilient even after the postponement of the election since the initial dates and urged them to remain peaceful throughout the final stages of the process.