By Olayiwola Awolowo, Public Affairs Officer, Oyo.
The Oyo state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently reviewed the conduct of the 2019 General Elections and identified logistics issues, insecurity of electoral personnel and materials as major challenges it encountered during the conduct of the polls in the state.
in his opening remarks at the Commission’s Collation Center in Ibadan during the event, the National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Osun and Ekiti States, Prince Adedeji Soyebi noted that the aim of the workshop was to appraise the elections and incorporate the recommendations made into the Commission’s plan for the 2023 General Elections.
He advocated for the adoption of the electronic voting system in order to curb excessive use of ballot papers during electioneering periods and avoid the resultant ecological challenges it could pose to the environment.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the State, Barr. Mutiu Agboke in his welcome remarks, underscored the essence of re-appraising Nigeria’s democratic system and the functionality of the political and electoral process, to continually facilitate the smooth conduct of elections in the country.
Participants narrated their experiences during the polls and recommended among others, the decentralization of the election materials’ procurement process; further enhancement of the use of the Smart Card Readers (SCRs); early commencement of Voter Education and Publicity activities; and adequate provision of funds to prosecute post-electoral litigation issues among others.
The review session involved Heads of Departments, Collation Officers, Presiding Officers, Electoral Officers and Assistant Electoral Officers from the 33 Local Government Areas of the State as well as facilitators from the Commission’s Headquarters.