ECONEC important for profitable elections- Prof. Yakubu

ECONEC important for profitable elections- Prof. Yakubu

ECONEC important for profitable elections- Prof. Yakubu

Abuja – The Honorary President, ECOWAS Community of Election Commissions (ECONEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has described the community as a significant instrument in profitable conduct of credible election in West Africa sub-region.

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INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu

ECONEC is an umbrella physique of Election Administration Our bodies (EMBs) in West Africa.

Yakubu, who’s the Chairman of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) and rapid previous president of ECONEC, stated this in an interview with Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

He stated ECONEC was probably the greatest issues at bilateral stage that occurred to good governance in West African international locations.

Yakubu stated the community working with worldwide communities and growth companions had been instrumental in facilitating clean collaboration amongst key stakeholders such because the media, civil societies and the judiciary in member international locations throughout the conduct of elections.

He stated that ECONEC had additionally been useful in addressing varied challenges confronting completely different member international locations whereas conducting main elections.

“For example, once we went to Liberia, there was a difficulty of price range. We had a gathering with the electoral fee and we visited the parliament.

“I’m comfortable to say {that a} day after we met the Senate President and Speaker of the Home of Representatives, the price range was handed.

“Thereafter we met Mrs Johnson Sirleaf, the previous president and fund was made accessible for the conduct of the electoral fee.

“We talked with the United Nations Mission in Liberia, additionally they offered a number of logistics help,” he stated.

Yakubu additionally stated that by ECONEC interplay with worldwide communities and growth companions, electoral help have been additionally offered to international locations resembling Benin Republic, Niger, Sierra Leone and Liberal throughout their elections.

“Within the case of Sierra Leone, that was what led to the printing of voter playing cards which was an issue.

“As I stated, amongst ourselves we’ve got additionally been serving to each other. Niger Republic had an issue of poll packing containers; Burkina Faso helped the nation out in 2016,” he stated.

Yakubu additionally stated that Nigeria had been a drive for good governance in West Africa, as Nigeria had being of assist in offering some election logistics.

He stated that based mostly on request, INEC had additionally assisted international locations, resembling Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Conakry and Liberia, particularly in the usage of ICT for elections, voter registration and cleanup of voter register.

“One fascinating growth in Liberia is that after the election was inconclusive, there was a giant downside with the register of voters.

“Due to what we did in ECONEC, the ECOWAS and UN particularly invited us to assist with ICT consultants to assist clear up the voter register.

“It was the work performed by three officers of INEC Nigeria that led to the cleanup of their voter register and conclusion of the elections within the Republic of Liberia.

“In a rustic like Guinea-Bissau as an illustration, they haven’t carried out elections for a while and presidential election as properly.

“We have been approached by the electoral fee within the nation to help with voter registration machines.

“We helped them with voter registration machines, carried out profitable registration, resulting in profitable conduct of the parliamentary elections in March and the presidential election now scheduled for Nov. 24.,’ he added. (NAN)


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