IGP Meets With International Election Observers

Inspector General of Police a former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae; former president of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Friday received foreign election observers at the Police Headquarters.

Among those received by the IGP were a former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae; former president of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

The IGP assured the observers of their safety during the election.

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INEC Assures Observers Of Safety During Elections

File Photo: INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has assured observers of safety during the forthcoming general elections.

According to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, beyond that, both foreign and domestic observers would have unfettered access to whatever areas they wish to observe before during and after the elections.

Yakubu also said they would be given a soft copy of the complete compendium of information which according to him is vital for their mission.

He gave the assurance on Tuesday during a briefing for accredited observers in Abuja.

The Acting IGP,  Adamu Mohammed while giving a breakdown of the state of security in the run-up to the elections and guidelines to be adhered to by the election monitors, also assured them of safety.

In response, the observers thanked INEC for the invitation and promised to give an unbiased report at the end of the exercise.

There are a total of 36 foreign and 119 domestic accredited observer groups for the elections.

Western Envoys In Uganda Walk Out Of Museveni Swearing-In

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Uganda President, Yoweri Museveni

There was mild drama at the Ugandan President’s inauguration in the capital Kampala where western delegations attending the ceremony walked out in protest.

US, European and Canadian diplomats left abruptly when Mr Museveni began making disparaging comments about the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The US State Department says they had also objected to the presence of Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir at the ceremony. Mr Bashir is wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide.

Thursday’s inauguration – the fifth since Mr Museveni took power in 1986 – was attended by leaders from Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

In his address, Mr Museveni described the ICC as “a bunch of useless people” saying he no longer supports the institution.

Yoweri Museveni Wins Uganda Presidential Election


UgandaPresident Yoweri Museveni has won a fifth term in office in the just concluded presidential elections in Uganda.

The electoral commission said that he won 60.75 per cent of the vote while his main opponent Kizza Besigye polled 35 per cent.

President Museveni will now serve another five years in office, having already been in power for 30 years.

According to BBC, supporters of the 71-year-old said that his opponents had failed to offer any chance of progress.

However, Mr Besigye, who was under house arrest, maintained that the election results were a ‘sham’, calling on the international community to reject them.

“We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda,” he said in a statement.

The election observers from the European Union have also criticised the election.

AU Deploys Election Observers To North East

AUThe African Union (AU) has deployed 84 election observers to various parts of the country, including the north-east to monitor the general ‎elections.

Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) and former President of the interim government of Liberia, Professor Amos Sawyer also asked Nigerians to come out en masse to exercise their rights.

While appealing for caution by all parties involved in the electoral process, he called on politicians to accept defeat or channel their grievances ‎to the law courts.

Jega Confident Logistic Challenges Will Be Cut Off During Polls

jegaThe Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has expressed confidence that the decentralisation of distribution of election materials for the 2015 elections would cut off logistic challenges at the forthcoming polls.

Professor Jega said this at a meeting with the former President of Liberia and head of the AU delegation, Professor Amos Sawyer.

Professor Jega told the African Union (AU) election observers in Abuja that this method was not used during the 2011 general elections, hence the late commencement of accreditation and voting at polling units across the country.

The issue of logistics had always posed a major challenge at the polls.

Professor Jega admitted that there were challenges in the methodology of distribution which spiraled into widespread agitations from the electorate.

He added that the electoral body was still growing and would plug all loop holes in future elections.

Jega also urged election officials to ensure that counting of ballot papers after the voting process is done transparently in the presence of local and international observers. He has also warned security personnel against any form of intimidation.

Professor Jega received a letter from the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who promised full support to the nation at this time.

INEC has almost concluded the distribution process nationwide less than 48hours to the polls.

Anambra Election: INEC Could Not Have Succeeded – Election Observers

Legal Practitioner, Kenneth Odidika has stated that the November 16 Anambra election could not have been successful, no matter the level of preparations made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While appearing on the November 24 edition of Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’, he said “no matter the preparations anybody makes, if some people are bent on truncating the system, they will succeed to a very large extent.”

Although he was not part of the arrangement, he believed that the activities of the electoral commission that could be seen before the Anambra election showed that they did a lot towards conducting a credible election, stressing that the attitude of the voters is one of the major things wrong with elections in Nigeria, he said “the voters always make themselves available to be corrupted or to be part of the corruption of the system.”

“When the voters will openly demand for money from those who are seeking to be elected, that automatically compromises the electoral process, and this was done in the last election. I was in Anambra all through, before, during and after the election.”

Mr Odidika, who had once contested for the governorship position in the state added, “No party will honestly say it did not take part in that. I saw it, and in some cases, some particular kind of officers in some parties were moving round the polling booths ensuring that such a thing was actually done… If INEC officials took money, I wasn’t aware of that.”

Also part of the programme, live from Channels Television studio, Abuja was an Election Observer at the Anambra governorship poll, Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu who was of the opinion that INEC’s staff deployment in Anambra was not in any way unusual to what they have always done in other states like Edo in the past.

In agreeing with Mr Odidika’s views on the major factors that affected the election, Mr Nwagwu added that “the things we have papered for in the past, the precedence we allowed to stand in the past have come to hunt us and that is what we are dealing with now. Some of the issues that played up in Anambra were not things that INEC were not aware of in time past.”

He also argued that INEC is still involved in what he called “defensive public relations” with their claims that the reports of irregularities “is not widespread, reports cannot stand the test of time, it’s un-statistical… ” which are things that had been papered over and never dealt with in the past showing up again in Anambra to bring ridicule and shame.

Mr Odidika resolved that he would score INEC 65% for their creative efforts at the election but they could have done better claiming the issue of logistics should not have come up, considering the road network of the state which he said could help to cover the whole of the state in 2 to 3 hours.

Mr Nwagwu was however less subtle as he stated that public officers are put in position to solve problems and not to give excuses for why they failed. He stressed that the INEC Chairman, Professor Jega’s admission of regrets says a lot and Nigerians need to start asking questions about how public officers handle their jobs.

Discussions on the programme also touched on the controversies trailing the voter register and voter verification process, issues of underage voters, INEC’s introduction of technology, as well as the November 30 supplementary election, with both men warning about the identified challenges springing up again, ahead of the 2015 General Election.

Learn From Ghana’s Election, INEC Commissioner Tells Nigerians

The Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini on Tuesday said Ghana will remain the pride of Africa as it stands as a model in African democracy which Nigeria must emulate.

Mr Igini, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said “the history of a people is a reflection of how they decide to conduct themselves.”

The INEC commissioner said Ghana has conducted six successful elections that has met both local and international standards and that the success is not far-fetched because the saying “Ghana First” applies that every Ghanaians should believe in the country.

He said Ghanaians are where they are today because they started a journey of change some years ago, remaining committed to the value of change and in making the country attain a higher level in Africa and West Africa Sub-region and that they also adopt new method which is the introduction of the biometric system in the election process.

“Some of the things I found in Ghana are quite interesting unlike in our own country; and of course we can see why we are where we are,” he said.