Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received electoral management innovative tools from the European Union in a bid to sustain democratic governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN).
The European Union delivered the tool through the development alternatives incorporated (DAI) to bolster Nigeria’s electoral system.
Some of the donated items include collation and returning officers management system (CROMS); election results management system (ERMS); political parties financial reporting and audit system (PFRAS).
The electoral body also received a media monitoring and analysis tool and an online application for voters and electoral officers, to identify existing polling units across the country.
While receiving the donation from the regional bloc, the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, a professor, praised the EU-SDGN for the support, stressing that the tools will be used to tackle challenges faced in the conduct of election in Nigeria.
“The ERMS seeks to ensure better results management process, enhancing accuracy and creating a repository of election results, something envisaged by section 62 (1) and (2) of the electoral act, 2022,” he said.
“The media monitoring and analysis tool intends to enhance the commission’s capacity to filter media coverage of the commission.
“The PFRAS seeks to assist the commission to monitor political party finance more efficiently and effectively.”