The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) and Kebbi Development Forum (KDF) have advocated the need for States Independent Electoral Commission to be run like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This are part of the recommendations by the groups at a press briefing on the outcome of last Saturday’s Local Government Councils election held in Kebbi State.
The spokespersons Dr. Fatima Adamu of the Kebbi Development Forum and Austin Agbe of the Center for Democracy and Development, recommends that, the lectoral laws and guidelines for the local election are very weak, which are capable of providing ease of manipulation by politicians.
The group recommended that, National and international observer groups must take interest in observing local government elections in the country because outcomes of local elections have implication for national elections, particularly as the country heads to a general election in 2023.
According to the recommendations, Inadequate funding was one of problems faced by the states independent electoral commission, adding that, there should be a special funds to be kept aside in order to carry the affairs of commission at states level.
It’s recommends for the introduction of technology saying, the country has moved beyond the manual accreditation used in the local government poll, in many instances, presiding officers had challenge verifying that the persons who brought PVC to the polling units are the owners.
Timing and other Logistics: Election process needs commencement and closing time, this will enable candidates to mobilize their voters within a speculated time and as well the process should be a secret ballot whereby In most cases voters display their ballot paper before their votes are counted.