Presidential Result: Situation Room Seeks Urgent Stakeholders Meeting
The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has expressed concern over the conduct of the presidential election with a call on stakeholders to convene an urgent meeting.
The meeting, it said, should examine the lessons from the elections, identify evident shortcomings and lapses and review the process to enshrine much-needed reform in the nation’s electoral system.
Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre and Convener, Clement Nwankwo, tabled the demands in Abuja on Wednesday in its fifth interim statement.
While insisting that there were lapses in the election which did not need to happen, he said that the Independent National Electoral Commission should immediately work on correcting those lapses ahead of the March 9 2019 State-level elections.
Nwankwo said, “The Situation Room notes the declaration of INEC returning President Muhammadu Buhari as the re-elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We congratulate President Buhari on his re-election. We also congratulate all the other candidates in this election and commends the people of Nigeria for turning out and casting their votes.
“Situation Room acknowledges that there are candidates, political parties and indeed citizens who are aggrieved with the processes and outcome of the elections. Nigeria’s constitutional and legal frameworks have provided avenues to ventilate and seek redress.
“We have closely followed and observed the electoral process from the beginning to this moment. We had issued a Threshold Document clearly stating the standard to which we will hold this election. We note that a lot of the expectations in the Threshold Document were not met.
“We believe that there are sufficient reasons to demand an urgent convening of stakeholders meeting to examine the lessons from these elections; identify evident shortcomings and lapses, and review to enshrine much needed reform of our electoral system. We also reiterate our call for effective mechanism of accountability for electoral offences.
“While we acknowledge the efforts of INEC to conduct this election, we would like to emphasize that there were lapses in this election that did not need to happen and INEC would need to immediately work on correcting those lapses ahead of the March 9, 2019 State- level elections. Situation Room calls on all Nigerians to prepare peacefully and come out and vote on March 9, 2019 for the candidates of their choice.”