INEC Presents 2019 General Elections Review Report


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, presented the report of the 2019 general elections.

The chairman, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who made the presentation while briefing journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, also presented the report of the commission’s retreats and stakeholder engagements on the review of the 2019 general election.

Giving a breakdown of the reports which include preparations, conducts, and post-election events, he noted that the reports contained 180 recommendations and some of the recommendations that required administrative actions by the commission were already being implemented.

Yakubu said the implementation of the recommendations led to the improvements in the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.
He, however, stated that other recommendations in the reports would require legislative backings by the National Assembly to be implemented.

Professor Yakubu believes the two reports will help to strengthen the commission commitment to deliver free, fair, and credible elections in the country.

According to him: “The strength of any public institution lies in its ability to ask critical questions, review its processes, strengthen its procedures for better service delivery and engage with stakeholders.

“It is my fervent hope that, making the two reports public will promote a better understanding of the issues and challenges associated with the conduct of the 2019 General Election, and serve as important resource materials for research and the promotion of a broader national discourse on the necessary reforms required for the continued delivery of peaceful, free, fair, credible, inclusive and safe elections in Nigeria.

“I want to assure all Nigerians that the hard copies of the two reports will be widely disseminated, while soft copies will be uploaded on our website on Monday next week.”

Speaking earlier, INEC national commissioner, Prof Okechukwu Ibeanu, in his welcome address, highlighted the importance of the document presented by the INEC chairman, which was about five hundred pages.

Prof Ibeanu said the report represents INEC’s narratives of its activities and a sense of accountability, especially as it relates to the 2019 general elections.

He stated that some of the lessons contained therein included the fact that elections in Nigeria have been too serious, adding that they should not be left only in the hands of INEC.

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