The Independent National Electoral Commission and the Management of Election Logistics
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Keywords

INEC
general election
2019 general election
logistics

How to Cite

Mohammed, H. . (2021). The Independent National Electoral Commission and the Management of Election Logistics. African Strategic Review, 6(1). Retrieved from https://africanstrategicreview.com/index.php/ASR/article/view/3

Abstract

Electoral process is an enduring circle with each phase requiring constructive responses. These include a combination of administrative, legal, systemic, institutional, and logistic reforms and changes. Until recently, to be specific, in the preparations towards the 2015 general election and against the backdrop of the glaring pitfalls of the 2011 general election, the daunting task of managing election logistics had been a challenge to free, fair, and credible elections. If anything, the reforms introduced by the immediate past INEC leadership has drastically minimised, if not completely eliminated, the most recurrent logistic problems associated with the conduct of elections in Nigeria. In short, the success of the 2015 general election has been widely acclaimed as the product of the excellent management of election logistics before, during, and after the conduct of the election. This paper examines the level of INEC’s preparedness on matters of election logistics for the 2019 general election. It argues that though overcoming election logistical challenges in their entirety is very difficult to come by, INEC can only guarantee success in the forthcoming general election when it sustains the reforms introduced in the 2015 and incrementally make changes to face the new realities dictated by the number of parties and candidates, the conduct of the political actors and the Commission’s staff, the security situation as well as the unexpected mechanical and systemic challenges that are mostly beyond the Commission’s control.

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