UNDP supports West African electoral chiefs experience sharing initiativeJul 27, 2017
UNDP's support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) facilitated the participation of the institution's officials in a regional initiative that focused on ‘Lessons Learned from the 2015-16 Elections Cycle in West Africa’. The Regional Seminar, which was held in Conakry, Guinea, in July was used as a platform for Heads of Electoral Management Bodies in the region to share their experiences, including challenges and lessons from their respective country's recent electoral cycles.
The delegation from Nigeria shared the country's experience in the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and how this contributed to the integrity, efficiency and credibility of the 2015 General Elections. During the 2015 elections, with UNDP support, INEC deployed technology that enhanced the credibility of the elections and strengthened the confidence of voters in the process and results.
Participants applauded the design and deployment of the INEC's ICT infrastructure, highlighting its usefulness in protecting data and information during an election period, biometric accreditation of voters which ensured that registered voters only cast their ballot once (after biometric verification), processing and tabulation of results, archiving of sensitive data and the additional utility of voters’ registration database in planning for development.
INEC, which currently serve as the Headquarters of the ECOWAS Election Management Network (ECONEC), restated its resolve to continue supporting sharing and replication of best practices in electoral administration in West Africa and beyond.
The meeting had in attendance Chairmen of Electoral Commission, Election Experts and United Nations Staff from West African countries. The Seminar, which was co-facilitated by the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reviewed the achievements and challenges experienced in the electoral process and recommended measures to improve the quality of elections in the region.
The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu was represented by the Commissioner in charge of Muhammed Mustafa Lecky. Other members of the delegation were Mohamed Kuna and Daniel Naiya. Kehinde Bolaji represented the UNDP Nigeria.