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GIST -  Simultaneous accreditation, voting adopted from 2015 Commonwealth report – INEC
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    By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA: The Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC, has buttressed the role of observer
missions in the nation’s electoral space, saying it
adopted the simultaneous accreditation and voting since
2016 from the recommendations made by the
Commonwealth Observer Mission which observed the
2015 general election in Nigeria.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC)
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Chairman of the commission, Prof Yakubu Mahmood,
stated this on Monday when the Commonwealth
Observer Mission to Nigeria, led by former Tanzanian
President, Dr Jakaya Kikwete, visited the INEC
headquarters in Abuja.
Yakubu recalled that the report of the 2015
Commonwealth Observer Mission contained 32
recommendations as well as identified institutions that
should implement those recommendations.
According to him, out of the eight recommendations
proposed to be implemented by INEC, the commission,
after studying the report, implemented some
administratively while those that required amendment of
the constitution or the electoral act were sent to relevant
authorities for further action.
The INEC chairman noted that since the adoption of the
simultaneous accreditation and voting, the commission
had conducted 194 off season elections and had
deployed the same process in all the elections.
He also informed the 2019 Commonwealth Observer
team that the simultaneous accreditation and voting has
been enshrined in the Regulations and Guidelines for
conduct of 2019 general elections.
“The last Commonwealth Observer Mission had
recommended that we should abolish that system, that
archaic system, that, as citizens or voters are accredited,
they should be able to vote at the same time and we
have implemented this recommendation way back in
January 2016 when we conducted one of the
governorship elections in this country.
“Since then, we have conducted 194 off season
elections and all have been conducted on the basis of
simultaneous accreditation and voting or what you call
continuous accreditation and voting.
“It didn’t require an amendment to the electoral legal
framework for the commission to continue with the
system of accreditation and voting.
“For that reason, the commission used it’s powers under
the electoral act to make Regulations and Guidelines.
It’s now in regulations for the conduct of 2019 general
elections. The method of voting will be continuous
accreditation and voting.
Leader of the team, Dr. Kikwete, said they were in the
country to observe the polls and not to monitor them.
“We came here to observe not to monitor. Sometimes,
people call us monitors but we just came here to
observe the elections. We are at the commission today
to listen to you, the commissioners, whatever you have
to tell us in preparedness of the commission to conduct
these elections.
“Then after that, we disperse, we deploy the
commissioners to almost many places in the country.
We cannot cover every place in the country. It’s a huge
country.”
The team would also submit an interim and final report
at the end of their observation, he said.

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