Our fears for 2019 polls – Mon­i­tors

Weekly Trust - - New - Ab­bas Ji­moh

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.

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