By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Civil Society Organizations and the Coalition of Domestic Observers have rated the conduct of the 2019 governorship election high as it was rated as the most peaceful and orderly state in Nigeria under the year in review.
CSOs/ Domestic Observers made this observations while addressing journalists at Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat in Jos Plateau State capital on their level of assessments of the conduct and outcome of the election.
Spokesperson, Godwin Okoko said the elections were fair, peaceful and orderly.
“We commend lNEC, CSOs, security agencies, the media, observers groups, religious groups, traditional institutions, political parties and other stakeholders for their conducts during the elections.”
” We also commend the electorate for their involvement in the process and peaceful conducts before, during and after the elections. As we look forward to a more peaceful, transparent and credible future elections, we use this medium to once more appeal to the Plateau State Government to ensure the strengthening of peace and security structures in the states through the promotion of peace and strengthening of community cohesion structures, provision of good governance, inclusive participation, accountability, increase youth empowerment programs, employment opportunities and youth/women development.
”We also appeal to the Governor-elect Barr Simon Bako Lalong as a leader of the state to begin the healing of wounds, closing of gaps, division and polarization through the processes of reconciliation irrespective of party affiliation We also encourage all good sons and daughters of the state to give a supportive hand to the Governor-Elect towards a stronger, developed, peaceful and united Plateau State.
”We urge all good people of the state and residents of the state to continue to imbibe the culture of peace and tolerance,” they said.
The observers groups however, recommended that INEC should improve on the general conduct of the elections specifically, Smart Card Readers should be further enhanced.
“We recommend that Collation Centres be more accessible to observers. We recommend that further delineation of voting points be carried out so as to make PUs more accessible to electorates.
“Improve on logistics for INEC officials and ad-hoe staff to perform their duties optimally.”
“INEC and political parties should engage on sensitisation of the electorates and party members/supporters.”
“Enhance capacity training for security agencies that will be involved in future conduct of election exercise.”
It was further reported that the CSOs added that they should make available information for regular consultation as at when due.
“We recommend that INEC should make information/data available on cancelled Polling Units where supplementary elections will be conducted.”
They further stressed that the election umpire should discipline its staff alleged to have been involved in electoral fraud.
“We recommend that INEC should ensure prosecution of all her staff involved in electoral mal-praetice
“We recommend that voters should be more actively involved in subsequent elections.
“We recommend enhanced capacity training for security officers that will be involved in future elections
“We recommend capacity training for political party agents for future elections ”