The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it adopted the simultaneous accreditation and voting from the recommendations made by the Commonwealth Observer Mission which observed the 2015 general election in Nigeria.
Chairman of the commission, Prof Yakubu Mahmood, stated this yesterday when the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Nigeria, led by former Tanzanian President, Dr Jakaya Kikwete, visited the INEC headquarters in Abuja.
Yakubu recalled that the report of the 2015 Commonwealth Observer Mission contained 32 recommendations, as well as identified institutions that should implement those recommendations.According to him, out of the eight recommendations proposed to be implemented by INEC, the commission, after studying the report, implemented some administratively while those that required amendment of the constitution or the electoral act were sent to relevant authorities for further action.
The INEC chairman noted that since the adoption of the simultaneous accreditation and voting, the commission had conducted 194 off season elections and had deployed the same process in all the elections.
He also informed the 2019 Commonwealth Observer team that the simultaneous accreditation and voting has been enshrined in the Regulations and Guidelines for conduct of 2019 general elections.
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