Bayo Oyewale ,Lokoja

The Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC) has been urged to explain why the , is becoming inconsistent in conduct of elections in the recent times particularly the Osun gubernatorial election Last Saturday.

This was contained in a communique jointly signed by the Executive Director of Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution CHRCR , Comrade Idris Miliki and the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists Kogi State Council ,Comrade Adeiza Momohjimoh at the end of one day workshop organised by CHRCR and Shehu Yar’ Adua Foundation on Monday in
Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital .

The Communiqué pointed out that it has observed that INEC guidelines and Electoral Act for conducting elections in Nigeria were not adhered to during the Kogi Bye elections held on the 11th of August, 2018 when compared to the Osun Gubernatorial elections held on 22nd September 2018.

“That the relationship between the Media and civil Society is not as expected and the media does not see themselves as part of the civil society organisations.

“That the non-conduct of Local Government Elections in Kogi State in the last two years is tantamount to corruption that negates the principle of accountability and democracy

“After exhaustive discussions and deliberations, the workshop agreed to the following recommendations:
INEC as a body needs to explain to the people of Nigeria and Kogi State in particular, the rationale behind the declaration of the Lokoja/Koton Karfe House Representatives Bye election held on 11th August 2018 as conclusive whereas the same scenario in the gubernatorial elections in Osun state held on the 22nd September 2018, was declared inconclusive

“That the Media and the Civil Society have joint responsibility in anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in elections. Therefore they must work together and built synergy.
The participants demand for the immediate initiation of the process that will lead to the conduct of the Local Government elections in Kogi State as provided for in the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The organizers wish to commend Yar’dua Foundation for the partnership in the realization of these activities. We also wish to thank MacArthur foundation, for their tremendous support in Transparency and Accountability in Nigeria,” it stated.

Earlier during the workshop, two key papers, the roles of media in Anti Corruption , Transparency and Accountability in Election dlivered by the former Managing Director of the State owned Newspaper the Graphic , Mr. Donatus Okpe and the roles CSOs in anti Corruption, Transparency and Accountability in election which was delivered by Hamza Aliyu .

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