Nigeria: Electoral institute partner with ECOWAS, AU on capacity building.

Osogbo, Nigeria (PANA) - The Electoral Institute (TEI), an organ of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has concluded arrangements to provide technical assistance to other electoral bodies in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), according to its Director General, Prof. Abubakar Momoh.

“ECOWAS sends election observers out there, they do long term observations. The same thing the African Union, particularly the Department of Political Affairs of AU, we intend to help them with skills acquisition and capacity building,” Prof Momoh told PANA during an exclusive interview.

TEI, the capacity building arm of the Nigerian election umpire, was established in 2005 for electoral training and electoral research, among others.

It has the mandate not only to train INEC staff on election matters but also the Civil Society, Political Party Agents, Election Observers and the Media, as well as collaborate with other relevant Agencies across the world.

TEI  has also signed MOU with two of the foremost electoral institutes in the world- The Mexican Institute and the South Korean Institute.

The MOU will enable them to collaborate, cooperate, network and engage in joint activities, including capacity building, scientific networking to improve skills and engage in knowledge sharing.

As part of its research mandate, the Institute has carried out a comprehensive study of all the elections that had taking place since 2011.

The 865-page report, prepared by independent researchers, will be made public before the end of 2014.

“The AU is proposing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with us now and also ECOWAS. So that we can train those they are deploying on election duties and so that they can also gain in terms of technical assistance from what we are doing as a research institute,” Prof Momoh added.

The Political expert called for the establishment of more Electoral Institutes by African countries on account of the existing huge capacity deficit and growing democratisation on the continent.

At the moment, there are only three Electoral Institutes on the Africa continent - Two in West Africa and one in South Africa.
-0- PANA SB/SEG 3Sept2014

03 september 2014 08:40:45




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