Professor Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disclosed that Ethiopian and Malawian electoral bodies are considering deploying some aspects of the tool in the commission’s Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) in their local elections.
Yakubu said this on Friday, while declaring open a retreat to review the operational structure of the EMSC in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The INEC boss said the EMSC has become a vital tool in the monitoring, implementation and management of Nigeria’s electoral plans and activities.
He stated that part of EMSC’s plan after it was first inaugurated in November 2015, was to build on gains of the last commission between 2010 and 2015, in creating systems for the continuous and effective management of the electoral process.
According to Yakubu, the EMSC, is an electoral early-warning, monitoring, implementation and management tool which relies on field offices and personnel across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), alerts the commission on challenges, identifies electoral risks/threats and provides real-time information on the status of an election.
“The continuous search for innovative and better systems for the management of our electoral process crystalized into the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan (SP)/Strategic Programme of Action (SPA), the 2019 Election Project Plan (EPP) as well as the EMSC,” Yakubu said.
“Consequently, the commission has, over the years, continuously expanded the frontiers of electoral management and governance by introducing innovations and knowledge-driven systems. The EMSC is one such innovation.
“The EMSC has greatly helped the commission in managing the electoral process.
“As a testimony to its robustness as an election management tool, many countries in the West African Region and beyond have shown interest in studying and adopting the system for their use.
“The Ethiopian and Malawi Electoral Commissions are already considering the deployment of some aspects of the tool in the management of their elections.
“The EMSC may well be another contribution of INEC (and indeed Nigeria) to election management in the world.”