Our fears for 2019 polls – Monitors
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI) have said that despite some gains in the electoral process, the absence of legal framework, delayed budget, vote buying and insecurity were veritable threats to the 2019 general elections.
Members of the joint NDI/IRI Pre-Election Assessment Mission to Nigeria spoke yesterday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on their finding conducted on September 19 to September 28, as a follow-up to their first assessment mission in July 2018.
According to the report, the delegation met with arrays of election stakeholders including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), political party and religious leaders, civil society representatives, security forces, academics and representatives of the international community.
It said the delegation was in Osun State to monitor the recent governorship election and visited several polling units in Osogbo, Ilesa, Ede, and Ofatedo on voting day to witness the conduct of the election within the framework of preparations for the 2019 general elections.
It listed delays in finalizing legal framework for the 2019 elections, delayed release of funds for the 2019 elections, security threats, vote buying, barriers to internal party democracy; youth, person with disabilities and women’s participation in the electoral process and incitement to violence as threat the elections.