AGED Network observing the second run-off Presidential Election in Niger Republic
|Country:||THE REPUBLIC OF NIGER|
|Election Type:||PRESIDENTIAL 2ND RUN-OFF ELECTION 2021|
|Date:||21ST FEBRUARY, 2021|
|Mr. Ahmed Fallatah – S.A on Diaspora||Team Leader|
|Mr. Jatau Emmanuel – S.A Programs||Dep. Team Leader|
|Alhj. Tanko Abubakar Jibril||Transport Officer|
|Mr. Abdoulaye Moussa Tahama||Interpreter|
Africa Global Empowerment & Development Network is a non-governmental, non-religious, non-political and voluntary organization registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act part ‘C’ by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), with its Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
MONTORING AND OBSERVATION.
Our team reported at the head office of CENI, in Niamey the country’s capital in the morning of the Run-off Presidential Election, after which we proceeded for the business of the day.
After observing some polling Units in Niamey, the team thought it’s wise to visit another region for possible comparisons, so we headed to TELLABERIE REGION one of the perceived hot zone and visited some commune (LGA)/ Villages as highlighted below
- BANI GOUNGOU.
- MALALAYE (Libore).
- TONKO BOUNGOU.
- INDOUNGA (Koulou Koira).
- KOLLO (Administrative Area).
All the Polling Units at the locations stated above were visited and the team observed the followings as stated below.
- All areas visited were seen to be calm and free of violence as the time of visit.
- Our interactions with the voters at these locations also proved that there were no hitches.
- The TEAM’s interactions with the officials of CENI also confirm that voting started on time. The presiding officer and the secretary of polling unit (B.V NO. 52) at Malaye (Libore) confirmed to us that the first person voted at exactly 8:00 AM.
- 99% of CENI officials confirmed the receipt of the Electoral materials on time, hence, voting started as scheduled.
- We also observed that, pregnant women and physically challenged persons were given priority to cast their vote without waiting as they came.
- There was 95% compliance of the COVID-19 guidelines/ protocols on the part of the CENI officials.
- The team observed that, all the political parties’ delegates at the various polling units were seen participating harmoniously as the process went on.
- The team also had the privilege to meet with the country’s National Observer who also confirmed to us at the time of visit that, all those who came to vote were doing so under a conducive atmosphere.
- We had the privilege to interface with Chef De Canton De Libore who voted at 1.04 pm in B.V NO. 56. He also stated that efforts were made by himself and other persons to inform, educate, sensitized all electorates within his jurisdiction, on the dangers of not having a peaceful, free and fair elections.
- Our Interaction with the electorate also shows that, there was high voter’s appetites to elect the president of their choice.
- We also observed that, the electoral process was not fully biometric whereby your information does not capture the face of the voter.
- The team also observed that despite all of the above, aggrieved party supporters were not satisfied with the process and the loses and winner principles, they took to street in protest of government involvement in the electoral process.
We equally observed that, CENI on their part as the electoral umpire of the Republic of Niger, will have to do more on the following areas.
1. CENI should do more on engaging vigorously in voter’s education, sensitization and awareness on electoral guidelines and processes before the commencement of any election.
2. Electoral guidelines should be properly communicated through various channels possible especially where changes are made prior to the election date as this will avail the electorates the opportunity to make decisions when the need arises.
3. CENI should improve in the electoral process by providing full biometric capturing system.
4. CENI should also do more in engaging all stake holders especially the political parties’ leadership and their aspiring candidates.