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Forum recommends regular public education on Electoral Act

Forum recommends regular public education on Electoral Act

 

The Electoral Forum, has recommended deeper and more regular public education on the Electoral Act, to enable Nigerians take active part in the electoral process.

The Chairman of the Forum, Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi, in statement in Abuja said the recommendations were made at the just concluded forum’s Sixth Technical Session held via Zoom meeting said that the session, which was supported by OSIWA, focused on three key electoral issues in the current electoral timeline.

He said that they included conduct of political party primaries, emergence of candidates for the 2023 election, and Ekiti and Osun governorship election.

He said the forum suggested that INEC and Civil Society Organisations should develop and promote a programme of education on the new Electoral Act to enable Nigerians have full and better understanding of its provisions.

Olukoshi said it was agreed by participants that there should be a firm, consistent, and uniform enforcement of the Act and INEC’s regulations and guidelines to ensure fairness and equity.

According to him, it was important for INEC to submit party membership register and delegate lists on time in situations of indirect primaries for proper verification of the names.

The chairman said the forum agreed that only primaries monitored by INEC should be accepted, while there was need to reform the process of candidates’ selection with focus on the quality of delegates.

According to him, the meeting examined political parties’ primaries, dynamics of the outcomes and post-political primaries’ environment.

He said that this was to identify strategies and mechanisms for addressing the challenges observed during the primaries and the election.

Olukoshi said that the overall aim was to recommend strategies to improve the electoral process as Nigeria prepare for the 2023 general election.

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