Without electoral reform, Nigeria may spend more in 2023 — YIAGA
The Executive Director of YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo, has expressed fear the country may spend double of what it spent in conducting the 2019 general elections, if it fails to embrace electoral reform before the next general elections.
Itodo said this, yesterday, during the YIAGA Africa-European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES)/European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) virtual roundtable/town hall meeting on electoral reform.
Describing electoral reform as a democratic project that promotes common good, social stability and national development, he warned the reform must not be limited to legal or constitution amendment, but should be extended to administration.
He said there was need to build a consensus on priority issues for electoral reform through an all-inclusive and collaborative process, while executive and legislatures should be committed to electoral reform.
He suggested December 2020 as a definite time-frame for conclusion of all electoral reform, and canvassed a massive mobilisation of citizens to promote the reform at the local, state and national levels.
Also speaking, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, listed the eight entities connected to electoral reform to include: INEC, political parties, Civil Society Organisations, registered voters, judiciary, security agencies, media and development partners.
ECES Coordination Advisor/Electoral Administration Expert, Manji Wilson, said: “A lot has been done. However, a lot more still needs to be done. All hands should be on deck to ensure Nigeria gets the legal regime it truly deserves, which needs to be comprehensive, transparent and inclusive. This will go a long way in ensuring successful, inclusive, free and fair elections and by extension, engineer good governance….
“We expect more commitment to high ethical standards and professionalism in your reportage of electoral and political proceedings. More attention should be given to the rising cases of fake news and disinformation, which threaten our democracy…”