The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and the National Commissioners of the Commission met with accredited local elections observer groups and civil society organisations at its headquarters in Abuja on Monday.
Since the conclusion of the 2023 general elections, this is the electoral umpire’s first open gathering with representatives of CSOs and local election observer organizations.
In addition to discussing preparations for the impending off-season governorship elections in Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa states, the meeting’s objectives include reviewing the 2023 general elections with CSOs and observation groups.
In the past two weeks, INEC has been speaking with important parties that took part in some way in the organization of the general elections in 2023.
Yakubu had earlier stated that the lessons learned from the 2023 elections will be applied to improve the gathering and reporting of election results in the future.
The same submission, according to Yakubu, will be used to work on future Collation and Returning Officer recruiting, training, and posting, as well as logistics for travel to and from assignment locations.
Yakubu urged the head of the electoral commission to hold a brainstorming session on what happened during the previous election in order to address “the integrity of the collation and declaration procedure, including the application of the law, regulations, and guidelines for result management.”
The INEC chair also charges the officials to discuss the past in addressing the future on, “The role of technology in result management; security of Collation/Returning Officers and the collation centres; conduct of party agents and election observers during collation and conduct of security personnel.”