The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has emphasized the importance of collaboration with stakeholders to identify areas of improvement and enhance the forthcoming off-cycle governorship elections in select states across the country.
To achieve this goal, INEC plans to actively engage with various stakeholders over the next two weeks, effectively communicating the Commission’s proposed activities for the success of the upcoming off-cycle elections.
Speaking at a post-election review meeting with electoral officers and transporters in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, highlighted the significance of interacting with key electoral officials on a wide range of issues. This interaction aims to strengthen preparations for the three off-cycle Governorship elections and uphold the Commission’s integrity, fostering impactful democracy.
Professor Rhoda Gumus, the Chairperson of the Planning, Monitoring, and Strategic Committee (PMSC), explained that the meeting’s organization became imperative following the successful conduct of the 2023 general elections. The comprehensive post-election review seeks to draw critical lessons for future elections, assessing the progress made and identifying areas for improvement.
INEC’s commitment to engaging stakeholders underscores its dedication to transparent, credible, and efficient electoral processes. By working collaboratively with various groups, the Commission aims to bolster public trust in the electoral system and ensure the smooth conduct of future elections.
As INEC actively seeks input from stakeholders, it positions itself to learn from past experiences, address challenges, and adopt best practices to further enhance the electoral process in Nigeria. The collective efforts of all parties involved are crucial in upholding the democratic principles of fairness, integrity, and inclusivity in the country’s electoral landscape.
The upcoming off-cycle governorship elections represent an opportunity for INEC to apply these valuable insights and deliver even more credible and transparent elections, contributing to the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria.