22 September 2020 by Florence Adewale
A Non Governmental Organisation, Centre for Democracy Development has called for the review of the nation’s electoral system to strengthen democracy in the country.
The Director of the organisation, Mrs Idayat Hassan made the call in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the findings at the just concluded Edo State Governorship election.
Mrs Idayat Hassan while commending the contributions of stakeholders towards the success of the election said reforms of the electoral system would check violence and ensure emergence of credible leaders through free and fair elections.
“In this respect, the election potentially augurs well for the future of democracy and development in the country, particularly in view of the determination shown by the electorate to protect their mandate and ensure that it counts, In addition, the credible outcome of the election was due to the activities of various strategic stakeholders, particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission, efforts of the Oba of Benin and the Abdulsalam Abubakar led National Peace Committee their intervention helped to turn electoral “swords” into “plowshares.”
However, the CDD observed that there were anomalies in the process, which if left unaddressed could turn the current euphoria into a mirage that would evaporate, precipitating a reversal to the status quo.
Contributing, the Director,
Civil Society Advocacy Centre, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his congratulatory massage to the winner of the election said this would go a long way to entrench democracy.
He further stressed the need for political office holders to evolve measures that would alleviate Sufferings of the citizens.
Other stakeholders at the forum commended INEC for introduction of the result viewing portal in improving transparency and accountability in the Electoral process.