Monday, 23 April 2018

We are ready to share our experiences with our officials from the Lesotho election management body—INEC Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood
Yakubu, has said the conduct of elections is no
longer matters of guess work but a process that
needs deliberate plan and strategy.
Prof. Yakubu said this in Abuja on Monday at the
INEC's headquarters when he hosted senior
officials of the Independent Electoral Commission
of Lesotho (IEC), who were in Nigeria on a study
tour of the commission.
He voiced the readiness of the commission to
share its experiences and strategic plans with the
officials from the Lesotho election management
body, stressing that all necessary documents
would be made available to them.
The INEC boss thanked the visitors for choosing
Nigeria as a model for election best practices in
the endeavour to develop its strategic plans for
the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Prof. Yakubu said, “I want to thank you for
choosing Nigeria as a model and best practice for
what you want to do, particularly with respect to
the development of a strategic plan for elections
in your Kingdom….
“Elections are no longer matters of guess work.
Election management bodies must prepare for
elections as a matter of cause and as a matter of
strategy.
“The INEC in Nigeria had an election project plan
for the last cycle and beyond. And in 2016, this
commission came up with second strategic plan
in the history of our elections, covering the period
from 2016 to 2021.
“So, we are very happy to share our experience
with you. I want to assure you that you will
interact with all relevant staff responsible for the
last strategic plan. We will make available to you
all the documents and share experience on the
validation processes that led to the conclusion of
the strategic plan and strategic programme of
action.
“Beyond that, we will also share with you our
experience on election project plan developed
from strategic plan and strategic programme of
action. We will make all these documents
available to you as you go back to the Kingdom
of Lesotho.
“I will like to tell you that as a result of the plan,
we are now able to know when elections will take
place in the foreseeable future. We are working on
the principles that our elections will hold on third
Saturday of February of the election year.
Elections are always held in Nigeria on
Saturdays.”
Earlier in her remarks, the leader of the team and
Director of Elections in Lesotho, Dr Austeria
Ntsike, said Nigeria was chosen because of its
history of elections successes and experiences.
Ntisike said past efforts made to improve the
process in Lesotho did not materialise because of
the frequency of elections.
She said that the current effort would assist the
election management body in her country to
develop the strategic plan.
“We are at final stage of developing our own
strategic plan. That is why we have come here.
We hope that the outcome will be incorporated so
that our strategic plans will be robust and in
order,” she also said.

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