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  • 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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