Edo Election: CLEEN calls for improvement in distribution of election materials

By Chimezie Godfrey
CLEEN Foundation called for sustained improvement in the distribution of election materials in in subsequent elections.
The Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr Benson Olugbuo disclosed in a statement  on Tuesday.
Olugbuo noted that despite improvement in the conduct of the Edo State governorship election by INEC and security agencies, several gaps were noticed that could undermine the electoral process.
He stressed that vote trading, issues and late arrival of electoral materials, were among the gaps identified during the recent election in Edo.
“CLEEN Foundation recommends the following to deepen the democratic process and improve election security management in Nigeria as we plan towards Ondo governorship elections in October 2020.
ensure sustained improvement in the distribution of election materials in in subsequent elections to enable early commencement of polls
“There is a need to sustain the awareness creation and voter’s education amongst communities which INEC carried in Edo State.
comply with protocols during the elections and ensure adequate provisions of temperature thermometer, hand sanitisers and other non-pharmaceutical requirements.
ensure training and retraining of electoral officers to enable them to meet with the changing needs of the electorate in Nigeria,” he stated.
Olugbuo stressed that prosecution of electoral offenders remains a key issue INEC should carry to reduce the tendency by political thugs to disrupt elections.
He urged security agencies to ensure that those arrested for electoral violence should be properly investigated and handed over to INEC for diligent prosecution, adding that will serve as a deterrent to others.
“There is a need for the investigation and sanction of security personnel who disrupted the election in some areas in the state in collaboration with desperate politicians.
“Impartiality and neutrality of security personnel as reports of security personnel displaying partisanship was prominent in some .
“There is a need for training and retraining of security personnel deployed for election duty on the guidelines produced Nigeria Police Force,” he stated.
Olugbuo further urged politicians to maintain peace, be magnanimous in victory and work with all Edo citizens including those in the opposition parties to make the state a better place.