Outgoing Chairman Of Independent National Electoral Commission , Professor Attahiru Jega Calls For Introduction Of Election Risk Management Tool In Future Elections By African Countries.
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has called for the introduction of Election Risk Management (ERM) tool in future elections in African countries assuring of INEC’s willingness to share experience Jega said the tool has aided the INEC in taking proactive measures that ensured free fair and credible elections noting that this success story should be emulated by other African states by adoption of the ERM.
The INEC chairman made the call yesterday, at a workshop on ERM post-elections analysis organized in collaboration with International institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and African Union, held at INEC’s Electoral Institute Abuja. According to Jega: “the tool has enabled us to do electoral risk mapping to generate data and do analysis to support a range of activities targeted at either mitigating risks or taking proactive measures in ensuring the conduct of free, fair, credible and especially peaceful elections”.
INEC is ready to share experiences and willing to participate in whatever role it can, in order to ensure utilization of its objective in expanding the organization of the tool in the African continent”. The INEC Chairman who will be leaving office at the end of this month thanked Embassy of the Netherlands, the African Union and International IDEA for their support towards deployment of the tool and also the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections.
He urged participants at the workshop to contribute ideas in terms of how to continually improve the framework and the methodology of preventing conflicts and violence in elections. Earlier in his remarks, the International IDEA Africa Programe representative, Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi, commended the INEC Chairman for his exemplary leadership qualities and for “raising the face of the country.”
He urged that the Nigerian experience be used as a template to share with other African countries. On his part, the Representative of the Embassy of the Netherlands, Maurice Paulson, described the 2015 general elections as peaceful and commended the INEC Chairman for the success of the elections.
He stressed that the role of the deployment of the ERM tool in mitigating violence in the 2015 general elections was indeed commendable adding that the Netherlands will encourage the deployment of the tool in other African countries for better electoral experience.