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UNDP, INEC move for improved election management ahead 2023 general elections

By Oludare Richards, Kano
20 September 2022   |   3:33 am
Heads of Department (HODs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) participated in a capacity building workshop on electoral management and monitoring, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

[FILE] INEC Officials attending to voters in various locations across the Country. Photo/Twitter/INECnigeria

Heads of Department (HODs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) participated in a capacity building workshop on electoral management and monitoring, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The two-day event, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which opened in Kano State, centered on the the improvement of the Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) and the review of the Election Management System (EMS).

Mr. Deryck Fritz, UNDP Chief Technical Adviser for Elections, stressed the improvement of the EMSC because it would ensure INEC’s efficient planning and organisation, promote consistency and responsiveness, minimize delays and build confidence of the key political actors in the conduct of the electoral process.

Fritz spoke at the event with the theme: “Review of indicators and capacity building on Election Monitoring and Support Center (EMSC) Report Validation”.

He said INEC, as an entity entrusted with organizing elections, cannot afford to be partial but serve interests of all Nigerians, including women, youths, persons with disabilities, internally displaced persons, and traditionally marginalized groups.

“The EMSC also assists with countering disinformation, and building trust and credibility in the overall process. It is for this reason that UNDP has partnered with INEC, to support this series of workshops around the country.

“In line with SDG 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, UNDP continues to support inclusive, transparent and credible electoral processes for peaceful and cohesive societies”.

Fritz further explained that outcomes of elections well organized would be viewed as legitimate, and thus, the social contract and the resulting governance would be strengthened.

The National Commissioner in charge of Planning Committee, Prof. Rhoda Gumus, said the capacity building initiative was timely especially because of its focus on the review of EMSC indicators and building on the capacity of HODs on EMSC report validation.

Prof. Gumus said the Commission started implementation of the 2022-2026 strategic project plan, 2022 Electoral Act as amended, and time-line electoral activities for 2023 General Elections.

She explained that the EMSC had played a very important role in the off-cycle elections, engaging on prompt and proper reporting and validation.

Gumus expressed confidence that the training would provide the HODs a better understanding to perform their duties, as the Commission enters the phase of preparation for the 2023 General Elections.