21 September 2020 by Julian Osamoto
The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room wants the National Assembly to expedite action on passage of the Electoral Offences Commission Bill towards enforcing compliance with election laws in the country.
Coveyner of the Situation Room, Dr Clement Nwankwo, made the call in abuja while presenting a situation report of the just concluded Edo State Governorship Election.
Dr Nwankwo, said although the Electoral process was commendable, the situation room still observed high incidences of vote buying, intimidation and violence in areas such as Etsako West Local Government Area, Edo North Central senatorial district, as well as Etsako central.
“On a general note, situation room commends the professionalism and conduct of security agencies, voter turnout was however low compared to the number of collected permanent voters’ cards registered for the election, which might have been caused by the violence perpetrated by supporters of the main candidates “
“We observed a remarkable improvement in logistics, staff deployment and professional conduct of security personnels during the poll, and advised that INEC sustain same in conduct of the Ondo State gubernatorial election”
They however called on INEC to expand the use of Election Result Viewing Portal to increase transparency of the nation’s elections.
Dr Nwankwo advised that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and other stakeholders should also ensure strict compliance with covid-19 protocols in the coming Ondo State Governorship election.