The National Democratic Institute (NDI), has urged the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to start in earnest preparations for the 2023 general elections to ensure its success.
This year's general elections were marred by the lack of adequate preparations on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
NDI’s Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa, Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, stated this at the presentation of the institute’s report on 2019 general elections.
While hoping that the preparations for 2023 would begin immediately, Fomunyoh said the NDI, as an international election observation mission had been contributing in the conversation to ensure the success of the elections.
“This is because we hope that if the conversations begin now and a lot of the reform issues that have been touched upon in our report and the election administration authorities, political parties, CSOs and electorates as a whole will be so well prepared.
“And when all the aforesaid are well prepared and so well vast in the electoral processes, by the time we get to 2023, we will actually see a vast and very huge successful election that Nigerians across the world will be overwhelmingly proud of.
“We will also see fewer cases before election tribunals or before courts of law,” he said.
“In 2015, Nigeria had one of the most credible elections in the country’s history as was said by most Nigerians and friends of Nigeria across the world.
“The hope for many Nigerians in 2015 was that upward trajectory will be maintained and that 2019 saw improvement on what transpired in 2015. A lot has been accomplished since the transition in 1999 but there is still lots that need to be done,” he said.