From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolutions, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of inconsistency over the declaration of Osun governorship election result inconclusive.
In a communique issued on Monday at the end of One- Day Workshop on the Role of Media and Civil Society Organisations on Anti- Corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Elections held in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, the Executive Director, Idris Miliki Abdul, and the NUJ Chairman, Kogi State Chapter, Comrade Adeiza Momoh Jimoh who jointly signed it, demanded that INEC as a body needed to explain to the people of Nigeria and Kogi State in particular, the rationale behind the declaration of the Lokoja/Koton Karfe House Representatives Bye election as conclusive whereas the same scenario in the gubernatorial election in Osun state was declared inconclusive.
According to them INEC guidelines and Electoral Act for conducting elections in Nigeria were not adhered to during the Kogi Bye elections, when compared to the Osun Gubernatorial elections.
“The Media and the Civil Society have joint responsibility in anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in elections. Therefore they must work together and built synergy.
“The participants also demanded for the immediate initiation of the process that will lead to the conduct of the Local Government elections in Kogi State as provided for in the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
It noted that the non-conduct of Local Government Elections in Kogi State in the last two years is tantamount to corruption that negates the principle of accountability and democracy.
The communique stressed that the goal of the workshop was to institutionalise anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in Nigeria by ensuring necessary political commitments to deepen and spread anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in elections.
It had in attendance Print and Electronic Media Practitioners, Civil society organizations, women and youth organizations.
Papers on Roles of Media and civil society were presented by a veteran journalist, Donatus Okpe and a civil society leader, Hamza Aliyu at the workshop and participants had opportunities for clarifications, interaction during Discussions, question and answer sessions.