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INEC introduces election risk management tool

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission  says it has evolved an  election management  system  as well as  an Election Risk  Management  tool to guard  against  pitfalls that marred  previous elections, conducted by it in the country.

The Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor  Chukwuemeka  Ezeonu  disclosed this at a one-day media forum organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Development Dynamics in Owerri on Friday.

Aside this, Ezeonu who threw light  on what transpired during the  November 18, 2017  Anambra State governorship  election, said that a stringent measure had been put in place by the electoral umpire to penalise both  INEC staff and members  of the public who go contrary  to the electoral processes to ensure that  the wishes of the electorates prevail.

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The INEC boss,  who justified the use of the card readers machine  in conducting elections in the country despite mounting  public criticisms associated with the  application of the electoral device, said that only 0.63 per cent of the card readers failed to function maximally in some polling booths  in the Anambra  gubernatorial election.

“If you go to the bank and the ATM fails to operate due to lack of network, does it mean that we should discard the use of the ATM? INEC has advanced in the deployment of materials and we are getting closer to the people and on the eve of the elections, we deployed materials to such areas”, Ezeonu said.

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Despite the feat recorded in Anambra during the gubernatorial election, Ezeonu contended that the INEC was still battling with a number of numerous challenges which border on logistics and transport.

He however, stated that  the inaccessibility  of some remote  voting centres had become a stumbling block to INEC but assured that something  was being done to take care of this.

“As an old wine, INEC is getting better as it matures and most electoral bodies  in some  South African sub region  now seek assistance from us to conduct  elections in their home countries”.

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Adding his voice, the Executive Director of Development Dynamics, Dr. Jude Ohanaele commended  INEC for  the smooth conduct  of both Ekiti and Kogi states elections, regretting that the electoral  body failed to repeat the feat  in Anambra State  in the November polls.

 

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