As part of measures to ensure the success of the 2019 General Elections, the Election Monitor (EM) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to review the engagement of ad-hoc staff as Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs).
The Coordinator of the organisation Mr Abiodun Ajijola said this yesterday in Abuja at the public presentation of the “2017 Anambra State Governorship Election Observation Report”.
“Our recommendation is that INEC should look inwards to its own staff for this critical function. This in our opinion has two benefits; those involved can be easily traced and investigated if need arises, the Election Day function will transfer INEC funds to its staff who work committedly to ensure the success of the commission as opposed to persons who make no long-term impact on INEC,” Ajijola said.
The report also stated that the recently conducted Anambra governorship election fell below standard especially those recently conducted governorship elections by INEC in the past two years.
He however said that there were improvements from the governorship elections conducted in the state in 2013.
“It is Election Monitor’s opinion that INEC gave a level playing field to all political parties during the Election Day activities without showing any form of partisanship and there is no evidence to the contrary,” he said.
He added that despite substantial amount of electoral malpractices leading to a very large number of cancellations including over voting, ballot box stuffing, vote buying and non-compliance with guidelines for usage of Smart Card Readers, the organisation consider the election to be generally credible to the extent that the outcome reflects the will of the people. ( Daily Trust)