Sunday, 8 July 2018

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL LAUNCHING OF E-COMPARE EKITI 2018 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION MOBILE AND WEB APPLICATIONS AUTOCOLLATION SYSTEM FOR POLITICAL PARTIES




PRESS STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL LAUNCHING OF E-COMPARE EKITI 2018 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION MOBILE AND WEB APPLICATIONS AUTOCOLLATION SYSTEM FOR POLITICAL PARTIES

Saturday 7th July, 2018 – Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It is with profound gratitude to Almighty God that I make this address. I wish to recognize all dignitaries and speakers that have taken out of their busy schedules to grace this occasion. I also thank all participants who have put aside one thing or the other to attend this event. For all the representatives for political parties who have left the campaign trail to attend this event, we are most grateful.  A special thanks to the Election Monitor team which has worked passionately and assiduously to make this happen.

Election Monitor (EM) is one of the fifty-four (54) Election Observer groups accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election. Election Monitor has several observers in its mission, who will be deployed across all the local government areas of Ekiti State on Saturday 7th July, 2018.

One of the most critical aspects of the Election Day process is the collation of results. Election results from the polling units are collated first at the ward or registration area (RA) before being forwarded to the local government area (LGA) before the final collation at the state collation centre. Since this is a governorship election the state collation serves as the last point for collation.

Each political party fielding a candidate during any election is entitled to a copy of the results at all levels. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does this for transparency of the Election Day process especially collation. However many political parties do not take advantage of these results provided by INEC to develop their own custom built internal collation system. As a result some have made accusations of manipulation of election results in the past but have not been able to substantiate it as a result of having no alternate collation system. It is critical that political parties make optimum use of the copies of the official results provided for them by INEC to ensure that they carefully and thoroughly monitor the election collation results process to ensure that they are satisfied with the process.

Election Monitor has developed this innovative and first of its kind mobile and web applications for quick and effective internal collation of election results by political parties. Having such a system would ensure that political parties are able to compare their own collation with that of the electoral management body. Where there are discrepancies the parties through their representatives could make the observations to the collation officials to ensure optimum accuracy of the collation process.

With the political parties being an integral part of the electoral process, it is Election Monitor’s opinion that these mobile and web applications would strengthen the capacities of political parties during elections as well as ensure greater transparency in the electoral process. It would also bring greater acceptability to final results released because parties can attest to their veracity. In addition there would be fewer if any allegations which cannot be founded which in turn will reduce tension and ensure smoother election conduct. Ultimately this will increase the propensity for peaceful elections.

It should also be noted that Election Monitor also launched an innovative mobile application, called ‘GetRegistered Naija’ on July 14th, 2017 to aid voter registration efforts in Nigeria.  These latest applications clearly shows Election Monitor’s consistency in the development of solution specific and need-based technology solutions to address key gaps and challenges in Nigeria’s electoral process. Election Monitor will keep advancing the process to strengthen elections in Nigeria.

This Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solution is quite innovative with the following features:

  • ·         It enables real-time collation of election results using mobile phone technology.
  • ·      It has a web interface to enable easy display of collated results as well as originally imputed polling unit results. 
  • ·         Each political party is provided with a user account and password (created by the party) to access the platform.
  • ·         The platform is not hosted on the Internet but uses internet protocols for the transmission of results from the mobile phones to the results page. This means that non-users cannot access the results display page online, since it has no web address.
  • ·     The mobile app is built on Android which is one of the most popular used my Nigerian mobile phone users.
  • ·     There are graphical displays of results data for all levels of collation (Ward/RA, LGA and State).
  • ·   Polling unit names and numbers are indicated for easy identification by party agents entering the results.
  • ·     All 2,195 polling units are provided for in the applications to provide an exact collation mirror for the political parties.


It is our intention that this ICT tool would strengthen the political party’s abilities to monitor the Election Day processes more effectively thereby creating acceptability of the released results.
Today we are launching this unique and innovative technology tool with the belief that our efforts will ensure that adequate and proper observation of the 2018 Ekiti State Governorship election is achieved. For the sake of our nation and our unborn generations, it is pertinent that every stakeholder especially political parties support INEC to ensure that the 2018 Ekiti Governorship Election is transparent, free, fair, credible and hopefully conclusive on the first ballot.

Election Monitor urges the people of Ekiti state to remain law abiding and come out massively on Saturday, 14th July 2018 to cast their votes.

Thank you all once again for attending this landmark event. I wish us all successful, impactful and fruitful deliberations. God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

PRESS STATEMENT BY MR. ABIODUN AJIJOLA, NATIONAL COORDINATOR ELECTION MONITOR ON THE OCCASION OF THE PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF THE 2018 EKITI STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION OBSERVATION AND RESEARCH GUIDE AT CHELSEA HOTEL, CENTRAL AREA, ABUJA ON THE 3RD JULY, 2018.



PRESS STATEMENT by Mr. Abiodun Ajijola, National Coordinator Election Monitor on the occasion of the public presentation of the 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election Observation and Research Guide at Chelsea Hotel, Central Area, Abuja on the 3rd July, 2018.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It is with profound gratitude to Almighty God that I make this address. I wish to recognize all dignitaries and speakers that have taken out of their busy schedules to grace this occasion. I also thank all participants who have put aside one thing or the other to attend this event. For all those who came from outside Abuja, I am especially grateful.  A special thanks to the Election Monitor team which has worked assiduously to make this happen.

As Nigeria prepares for another round of critical elections in Ekiti and Osun States it is pertinent that all efforts are put on deck to make these elections better than previous elections. It is hoped that many lessons should have be learnt from the plethora of elections conducted since the last general elections in 2015 and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is encouraged to ensure that it makes every effort to implement recommendations arising from these elections.

Some areas of key importance for INEC are as follows:

  • ·         INEC should sternly warn all polling officials, that deliberately refusing to use the card          reader will be met with swift and heavy sanctions.
  •       Ensuring consistent adherence to its guidelines on use of card readers. Manual accreditation should not be permitted.
  •       All polling officials should be effectively and properly trained especially on the use of the smart card reader.
  • ·         Communities should be sensitized that if they refuse to allow the usage of card readers in   their communities, elections would not hold in such communities and the voices of the people there would not be heard. There is no alternative to the smart card reader in this election.
  • ·         Logistics should be well addressed to ensure early arrival of electoral materials.
  • ·      Education of the electorate of the effects of non-representation stemming from electoral violence should be sustained.
  • ·         Improvement of communication strategy especially through the media (traditional and social media).
  • ·         Effective sanctions for political office holders and other highly placed individuals involved in Electoral violence. At least handing them over to the police for prosecution.

Some areas of key importance for The Nigeria Police and other security agencies are as follows:

Media reports indicate that the Nigeria Police will deploy 30,000 officers for the Ekiti Governorship Election which is a sharp increase from the 18,000 deployed in 2014 Ekiti State Governorship Election. What this means is that there will be an average of 1 policeman to every 30 voters in Ekiti State for this election. In addition there will be an average of 13 to 14 police officers per polling unit. This is unprecedented in any governorship election in the recent past in Nigeria. With the 18,000 officers deployed in 2014 many said the elections were overmilitarised. With this sharp increase of police deployment this election is going to be the most heavily policed election in Nigerian history. While there have been some election violence related issues the security agencies must be cautious not to aggravate the situation.  The key issue is not only the number of security personnel but also the impartiality and professional conduct of the officers while on electoral duty (welfare of the security agents is also key). The Nigeria Police leadership must endevaour to ensure that the welfare of its officers in Ekiti is taken into full consideration and made available on time.  However there is a need for INEC to appeal to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to intervene by providing very clear consequences for security operatives who are partisan and work against the conduct of peaceful elections irrespective of political affiliations. This is key because much of what has happened in the past where insecurity has not allowed the conclusion of the conduct of elections is a show of force of different political actors who have influence over security in different ways.



Political actors should play by the rules and avoid any attempt to interfere or manipulate in the conduct of the 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election. In addition candidates should desist from making inflammatory statements and threats of violence. It is expected that those involved in such should be apprehended by the security agencies.

INEC needs to continue its development of the Nigerian electoral process by ensuring that it successfully achieves success in all areas within its control and appeals for support and/or intervention in areas outside its control.

Election Monitor's mission is to promote transparent electoral processes in Africa.

In line with this mission, Election Monitor has prepared this document to provide readers with some quality information that can enable them better understand and follow the 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election. Election Monitor has prepared such documents in the past for previous elections. The two documents which make up this Observation and Research Guide are as follows:
  1.  Governorship Election 
  2. SWOT Analysis of the Candidates

The Pre-Election Update is a document prepared to provide readers with basic background information about Ekiti state, which would provide a good foundation for understanding and following the forthcoming election. 

This SWOT Analysis of the candidates is prepared to provide a comparative analysis of some of the candidates of the 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election. The methodology used for the comparison is the SWOT Analysis tool.

It is important to state that this publication is unbiased and not prepared in favour of any candidate or party. The cost of preparing this document was borne by Election Monitor.

It is the intention of Election Monitor that this document will support the efforts of information sharing and strengthening the quality of observation of the Nigerian electoral process.

Today we are publically presenting this unique tool with the belief that our efforts will ensure that adequate and proper observation of the 2018 Ekiti State election is achieved. For the sake of our nation and our unborn generations, it is pertinent that every stakeholder especially election observers support INEC to ensure that the 2018 Ekiti Governorship Election is transparent, free, fair, credible and hopefully conclusive on the first ballot.

Election Monitor urges the people of Ekiti state to remain law abiding and come out en masse on the 14th July 2018 to cast their votes.

Thank you all once again for attending this landmark event. I wish us all successful, impactful and fruitful deliberations. God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.



2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election Observation and Research Guide




The motivation for preparing this document is to provide stakeholders with some quality information that can enable them better understand and follow the 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election. Election Monitor has a history of preparing such documents in the past for previous elections.

The Election Monitor Pre-Election Research Guide is a document prepared to provide readers with basic background information about Ekiti state, which would provide a good foundation for understanding and following the forthcoming election.

The SWOT Analysis of the candidates is prepared to provide a comparative analysis of some of the candidates of the 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election. The methodology used for the comparison is the SWOT Analysis tool.

It is important to state that this publication is unbiased and not prepared in favour of any candidate or party. The cost of preparing this document was borne by Election Monitor.

It is the intention of Election Monitor that this document will support the efforts of information sharing and strengthening the quality of observation of the Nigerian electoral process.

Kindly access this document by clicking the link below:



Wednesday, 2 May 2018