2023: Why Nigeria must tackle fuel scarcity before poll — W’African Democracy group

The West African Democracy Solidarity Network (WADEMOS), has explained why the government of Nigeria must address the lingering fuel scarcity before the commencement of the general elections


The group stated that petroleum scarcity might lead to a low turnout of voters as most of them would find it difficult to go to their polling units.

It equally urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to clarify the constitutional requirements for a candidate to be declared winner in the presidential poll.

The organisation, a coalition of 30 civil society and other civic organisations in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region, included the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) and YIAGA Africa.

Speaking to newsmen recently in Abuja, Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement, CDD-Ghana, Kojo Asante, said the mission recognised the importance of the 2023 poll, given the strides that Nigeria had made in sustaining democracy over the last 24 years without interruptions.

He said the mission had met with stakeholders like ECOWAS, INEC, Human Rights Commission, the National Peace Committee, the Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC), and a segment of media and CSO representatives.

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