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Ahead of the 2023 elections, Nigerian political parties agreed that the upcoming general elections were critical to maintaining the country’s democracy, just as the United Nations expressed concern over voter apathy.
These sentiments were expressed yesterday when the United Nations Electoral Needs Assessment Mission met with the leaders of the 18 political parties registered on the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) platform.
IPAC said it would counteract apathy by embarking on massive grassroots outreach, advocacy, enlightenment and mobilization of the electorate across the country.
The head of the United Nations delegation and head of mission, Mr. Serge Gakwandi Kubwimana, said that they were in Nigeria to assess the level of preparation for the elections next year and the areas in which the Assessment Mission United Nations electoral needs would provide support.
He said the delegation would consult with members of the National Assembly, security agencies and political parties on the preparations and challenges of the elections.
Kubwimana, who expressed concern about the level of voter turnout in previous elections in the country, however, said that Nigeria was quite experienced in electoral matters and had introduced some reforms in the electoral process.
He explained that the United Nations Electoral Needs Assessment Mission provides technical assistance by building the capacity of relevant bodies for the election.
In his welcoming remarks, IPAC National Secretary Alhaji Yusuf Dantalle said the council would need help from the United Nations Electoral Needs Assistance Mission to build the capacity of political party leaders. to equip them for transformational leadership and improve the internal party recruitment process that would produce credible leaders with the mandate of the people to govern.
Dantalle, who replaced the national chair of IPAC, also said the council would embark on massive outreach, advocacy, outreach and mobilization of the electorate at the grassroots level across the country.
He said that free, fair, credible, transparent, inclusive, peaceful and acceptable elections are the beauty and the foundation of democracy.
According to him, “the next general elections are essential for a sustainable democracy in Nigeria.
“We are pleased that a delegation from the United Nations Electoral Needs Assessment Mission (NAM) led by Mr. Serge Gakwandi Kubwimana is in Nigeria to have an on-site assessment of our preparedness for this critical general election.
“The success of the elections will be a defining moment for our compatriots who desire and yearn for transformational, visionary, progressive, determined and resourceful leaders who will re-establish Nigeria as the great arsenal of democracy in Africa.
“As the apex body of the 18 registered political parties in Nigeria, IPAC played a major role in ensuring that the Elections Act Amendment Bill 2022 which would provide the legal framework for the general elections was passed by the National Assembly and promulgated by President Muhammadu Bouhari.
“It added value to the electoral process with the adoption of improved technology, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and the uploading of election results to the INEC Results Viewing Portal ( IReV) when voting ends and votes are counted at polling stations on election day, among other things.
“Council will continue to engage stakeholders, particularly the National Assembly, to pursue reform of the electoral process, including the abolition of State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs), as Nigerians have lost confidence in their ability to organize free, fair, credible and inclusive elections at the grassroots level.
“The polls conducted by various SIECs in the country are mere charades with predetermined results that mock our democratic encounter.
“Accordingly, IPAC will boycott such election jamborees by ruling state governments that have obstructed the democratic advancement of the nation at the grassroots, and demand that their functions be exercised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
“Given this, IPAC supports local government autonomy as the third level of government closest to the people.
On voter apathy in the country, Dantelle said: “To sustain the gains of recent electoral reforms, IPAC will need the assistance of the United Nations Electoral Needs Assistance Mission to strengthen capacities of political party leaders to equip us for transformational leadership and strengthen parties internal recruitment process that will produce credible leaders with the mandate of the people to govern.
“To ensure the active participation of the population in the upcoming elections, IPAC will embark on massive sensitization, advocacy, outreach and mobilization of the electorate at the grassroots level across the country.”

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