2015 Elections: CNPP Asks INEC to Emulate Brazil

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to emulate the Brazilian Election Management for its conduct of a highly participatory but seamless general election last week.

A statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, urged the commission to take a cue from the transparent nature of the Brazilian poll which had elections for president, state governors, National Congress and state legislators all in one day.

According to CNPP, in the said election, more than 80 per cent of Brazilian 142, 822, 046 registered voters voted, thus registering the highest voter turn out in any liberal democracy in recent times.

“The figures goes thus-: Null Votes – 6,678,580, Blank Votes – 4,420,488 and Total Valid Votes – 104,023,543.

“Our interest was elicited because the results were out in less than 48 hours and up to date no election tribunal was set up, all the presidential candidates concurred for the 26 October runoff between Dilma Rousseff of Workers Party (PT) that polled 43,267,668 votes making 41.59 per cent and Aecio Neves of Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB) that polled 34,897,211 votes making 33.5 per cent.

“It is worth emulating,  how seamlessly the Brazilian Election Management conducted the  October 4 general election for the election of president, state governors, National Congress and state legislators all in one day. We also understand that Electronic Voting and E-Card reader mechanisms were adopted in the conduct of the general election.

“Nigeria like Brazil is multi-cultural, heterogeneous, literate and illiterate, rural and urban and among the 10 most populated countries on earth.

“CNPP therefore challenges the Professor Attahiru Jega-led INEC to study the procedure, processes, mechanisms and technology adopted by the Brazilian Election Management for a successful conduct.

“For it is our considered view that the transparency, fairness and credibility of the conduct of elections reinforces the trust and confidence of the electorate; hence maximising their electoral worth and value. This is what led to large turn out of voters in Brazil, “ it said

 

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