The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed its readiness to assist its counterpart from the Republic of Chad to conduct free, fair and credible parliamentary elections.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu gave the assurance when he received a delegation of Chad’s Independent National Electoral Commission, led by its Vice Chairman, Mr Adama Djibert, to INEC headquarters on Friday in Abuja.
He commended Djibert for acknowledging Nigeria’s support to Chad’s electoral process and democracy in the recent past
Yakubu pledged that the INEC would work within its powers to offer technical assistance in certain areas for the conduct the elections.
“Both at this meeting and in our private discussion in the office, you raised a number of issues and I want to respond as follows.
“The first issue is insecurity resulting in the displacement of citizens including voters.
“One area we can share experience with the Republic of Chad in this regard is to share with you our framework for Internationally Displaced Persons voting.
“The second area is in the registration of voters and the preparation for voters register; we will share experience with you in this regard as well.
“We will also share experience with you in deepening stakeholders’ engagement, particularly with respect to political parties, civil society organisations, and the media.
“As you prepare for the parliamentary elections, one important area we will discuss is inclusivity for women, youths and persons with disabilities,” he said.
Yakubu said that for material assistance, it was entirely a bilateral matter between the Chadian and the Nigerian governments.