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They are saying hindsight is 20/20. That’s the reason generally it
is sweet to get a glimpse into the long run with the hope of stopping errors.
A periscope is a really helpful instrument.
The Ekiti governorship election penultimate week serves as a periscope for us into 2015.
In 2015, there can be governorship elections in at the least
30 states and presidential election in 774 native
authorities areas. The eyes of Nigerians had been on the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, to see how it’ll conduct the gubernatorial
polls, simply as another Nigerians have been praying that the Tremendous Eagles
will beat Bosnia-Herzegovina on this planet Cup or return house from Brazil.
Many observers needed to see if we will have
hitch-free elections and disprove the nay sayers who imagine
that “free”, “fair” and “credible” are three adjectives that ought to
by no means be used to qualify elections in Nigeria as they
aren’t in our lexicon.
INEC Chairman Prof. Jega
The variety of political events have to be decreased.
With the latest courtroom problem to the facility of INEC to de-listing political events, there might be a glut of political events.
There are over 20 lively political events in Nigeria, with over 12 taking part within the Ekiti governorship elections.
Sure, there are pretenders and there are actual contenders.
In actuality, it was anticipated to be a contest involving All Progressives Congress, APC; Peoples Democratic Get together, PDP and Labour
Social gathering, LP. We additionally want unbiased candidates that aren’t sponsored by any political celebration to make it extra
We want prompt outcomes to scale back election frauds.
As at 2:00am on June 22, 2014, the Ekiti governorship outcome has not been introduced by the State
Returning Officer, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal College in Ado-Ekiti, Prof.
Isaac Azuzu. Outcomes must be introduced immediately from
the assorted polling items and wards. The outcomes have been written by hand and delivered to the
state collation centres. The one use of expertise was that the outcomes have been entered into Excel spreadsheet and displayed as the outcomes had been learn by the collating officers.
We should put off anachronistic use of ballot packing containers and go for
digital voting. As I’ve acknowledged earlier than, ballot field is archaic and liable to issues.
Many of the developed world, together with America, use
digital voting. In a single voting unit in Ekiti, the outcomes had been cancelled as a result of the entire votes forged have been greater than the
overall accredited voters, which means there was rigging someplace.
We have to keep away from adverse election campaigns.
Ekiti governorship election appeared to be extremely charged with allegations of non-public
jets being denied entry to the state or governors’ convoys stopped
by troopers. This was not made simpler by the truth that the rapid previous governor, Segun Oni, decamped from PDP to APC just a few weeks again and was made the Nationwide Vice Chairman of the APC South.
It could also be as a result of he realised he is not going to
get the governorship ticket or was aggrieved about one
thing else as a result of the social gathering
he joined has been jokingly nicknamed Aggrieved Peoples Congress.
Political events want manifestoes. Throughout many of the marketing campaign, it was nearly holding energy within the ruling APC or returning energy to PDP.
There have been no identifiable manifestoes that clearly distinguished one occasion from the opposite.
Events in civilised climes have manifestoes or ideologies.
In Nigeria, it’s troublesome to say this political social gathering stands for this perception and that political get together stands for that
perception. That means, you’ll be able to select which
social gathering to hitch based mostly on whether or not what the celebration stands for aligns with your
personal private beliefs. So, political events and candidates should have a
manifesto and the elections have to be primarily based
The election course of should be clear, not opaque, in order that we are able to have an election through which the dropping social gathering congratulates the
winner with out going to court docket. It will
encourage events and their candidates to simply accept the truth that
they might lose. There isn’t any gainsaying that the events within the Ekiti governorship election are headed to court docket.
In my evaluation of the Anambra State governorship election final yr,
I said: “Clearly, INEC has a protracted option to go in conducting hitch-free elections and Nigerians, who make up the electorate, have an extended solution to go, regarding how you can conduct themselves in elections.”
Prof. ALEX AKPODIETE, a public affairs analyst, wrote from Asaba,
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