Based on the outcome of the Ondo Elections, a leading Civil Right Movement, Centre for Democracy and Development(CDD) has recommended an immediate enactment of legislation to establish an Electoral Offenses Commission.
Briefing Journalist in Abuja, Director CDD, Idayat Hassan said there is need to deal with the rising incidence of vote buying and other forms of electoral corruption and offences.
She said there is need for the creation of a civil society network of volunteers at polling units dedicated to monitor and discourage vote buying on election day.
The Director said there is need for the party reform to make the country’s political parties reflect democratic culture. “There is need for accountability, transparency, inclusion and participation in their internal decision-making structures and nomination processes for elective public political officers”.
Hassan is further hopeful that INEC and relevant stakeholders in state and society particularly in Ondo State and Nigeria at large learn formidable lessons.
“We need to come together to address the dark spots and, by doing so, brighten the prospects for the conduct of not only peaceful but also free and fair elections , with commendable lessons learnt for future elections to enhance democracy and development in Nigeria.
She advised INEC officials to upgrade their equipment and also seek for replacememt of obsolete ones.
A member of the Election Analysis Centre, Auwal Musa Rasfanjani, observed that there must be an end to vote buying.
“Although the 2020 governorship elections in Ondo was largely peaceful, there remain potential dark clouds that portend ill winds for the conduct of credible elections not only in Ondo State but also in Nigeria. ”
“Competitive party and electoral politics in Ondo, as in Nigeria generally, continue to be plagued by huge deficits in intra-party democracy and the marginalization of women, youth and other marginalized groups.”
” The paradox of the election is the cohabitation of an issues-based election that is also characterized by the warped drama of vote buying which many voters watched with amusement, and helpless to stop it. ‘