Insecurity, ‘money politics’, others may mar 2023 general elections – CDD

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has raised the alarm that the rising insecurity, misinformation, money politics, religion and ethnic sentiments, may frustrate the outcome of the 2023 general elections.

In a new report released in Abuja, titled: ‘Nigeria’s Presidential Polls: A SWOT Analysis”, the CDD raised concerns over the safety of election personnel, voters and electoral materials, as well as the hurdles politics would face as cases of kidnapping, violence, banditry, insurgency and communal clashes persist.

The report, endorsed by the CDD’s Director, Idayat Hassan, noted that the 2023 general election is a significant logistical operation, saying there were worries about reaching the 176,846 polling units, which would require the recruitment and training of close to 1.5 million poll and security officials, adding the figure is about four times the size of the Nigerian military.

According to the non-profit organisation, religion, ethnicity and money politics would shape the emergence of the four major presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bola Tinubu of All Progressive Congress (APC), Labour Party’s Peter Obi and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP).

She said the credibility of the coming elections should not be in doubt against the backdrop of the newly passed electoral law, adding that the Electoral Act provides prospects that could redefine elections in Nigeria. Recall that INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, is the first INEC Head to be appointed for a second-term in the country’s history.

The new report heightened the impact of the replacement of 19 Resident Electoral Commissioners at the Commission, noting the challenging lack of persons with integrity in power will impact the elections.

However, the CDD stressed that the 2022 Electoral Act may have introduced several changes that would continue to improve the credibility of elections.

Related news

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.