INEC Commissioner Festus Okoye revealed this on Monday in Abuja at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room National Stakeholders’ Forum on Elections.
In terms of the electoral management body, he claimed that INEC was still using the old electoral law framework because the new one was not yet ready.
He claimed that the new election framework had some fundamental flaws. One of the major concerns of the electoral management body is the deepening of democracy through the application of technology.
As a result, INEC, according to Okoye, decided from the start that it was vital in the national interest to eliminate human intervention in the election process and, as a result, opted to expand the use of technology in the voting process.
That explains why, as of today, political parties file the information on their nominated candidates electronically rather than bringing paperwork to our office.
“As of today, domestic election observers, international election observers, and the media can all apply for accreditation online.”
“INEC was the first electoral management authority in Africa to provide online voter registration, and as a result, you can see an enormous increase in the number of young people who have pre-registered before their biometrics have been captured.”
“Now, what is unusual about the new electoral bill?” Prior to this time, the uploading of polling unit results was solely for public consumption.”
The second issue, which Okoye described as “extremely tough and difficult to resolve,” was related to internal democracy in political parties.
According to him, two systems of voting in primary elections, direct and indirect primaries, have been ascribed to the existing electoral legislative framework.
Parties had held direct primaries prior to this era, according to Okoye, and the INEC had overseen both direct and indirect primaries.
“What we must set aside is that the success or otherwise of the conduct of direct primaries resides with the political parties because it is the political party that will hire the venue for their own primaries.
“INEC will not hire venues for them, they are going to print their own ballot papers and result sheets, they are going to get their own ballot boxes because we gave them ballot boxes in the past and most of them didn’t return them.
“We are not going to give them ballot boxes this time around; they are the ones who are going to secure the electoral environment, our function is to monitor what they have said they are going to do.
“Not until the political parties bring out their own design which the new electoral framework says they should bring out, there is no way we can put cost or even personnel to the number we are going to deploy,”