2019: INEC, WANEP launch poll violence monitoring project
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in collaboration with the African Union, AU, West Africa Network for Peace Building, WANEP, have launched the 2019 Election Violence Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation, EMAM, Project.
The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmod Yakubu, speaking at the launch in Abuja, last week, noted that the launch of the project was a timely effort in achieving peaceful elections.
Yakubu, who was represented by National Commissioner of INEC, Dr. Mohammed Leki, explained that the project will involve intelligence gathering process to mitigate election violence and take proactive actions "before things get out of hand".
The Executive Director, WANEP, Chukwuemeka Eze, also explained that the 'four-month long situational monitoring, analysis and Mitigation of the 2019 election in Nigeria will involve a real time monitoring, analysis and communication of several risks with periodic debriefing if key stakeholders.
Under the process, Eze added that the monitors at the community, state and zonal levels will report threats, and incidents of electoral disputes and violence throughout the electioneering process to the National Election Analysis and Response Center.
"The center will provide timely analysed information to critical stakeholders including the Ntional peace actors, security agents, electoral commission and other key institutions of the state, ECOWAS, AU and Development Partners for rapid response," he said.