THE REPORT OF THE PAN AFRICAN WOMEN PROJECTS, AN INTERNATIONAL OBSERVER GROUP FOR INEC ON THE NIGERIA 2019 GENERAL ELECTION
- The Pan African Women Projects, being a Pan African Women Global Mission is a non-governmental, non-religious and non-political organization with national and international connectivity in tandem with the enabling laws and policy principles that guarantee, project, establish and sustain a free, fair, peaceful, credible and manifestly transparent election devoid of subtle or overt intimidation, Commissioned or commissioned, manipulation, tangible or palpable coercion, systematic thuggery or gratuitous inducement and even organized violence.
- More so, the Pan African Women Projects, is a National and International Election Observers Group with multi-faceted capacities and multi-dimensional experiences in election observations with the aid of the states of art technological approach in compliance with International best standard practice on election monitoring and observations.
- Our organization is currently in six state of the country, namely, Ebonyi, Kano, Lagos, Benue, Taraba and AkwaIbom States, observing this Nigeria 2019 General Election.
2.01 OUR MISSION
Our mission is to engage all the critical stakeholders, eligible voters, youth and the women to actively participate in diversities of activities that promote voter’s education and electorate enlightenment programmes on the fundamental ingredients that will guarantee consciousness, to entrenching free, fair, peaceful and credible elections based on global acceptable norms, in planning, conduct, observations and post-election management and reportage.
2.02 OUR VISION
Our vision is to use our knowledge and multi-diversities of experiences on elections planning, preparations, conduct, observations and post-election management, to generate civic responsibilities consciousness and activate the innate zeal in every eligible voter, particularly in Africa, to sustain a vibrant consciousness to vote or engage in any voting or electoral process or procedure that will establish, credible election, devoid of unconscious manipulation and bereft of conscious intimidation in every society or nation across Africa.
3.01 OUR ELECTION OBSERVATIONS STATUS AND EXPERIENCES
Our organization, being an International Observer Veteran on elections, across Africa, with requisite capacities and desirable abilities and have partnered with other statutory organizations e.g. INEC for the purpose of election planning, preparation, conduct and post-election management across Africa. 3.02 Our activities and programmes for any election preparation and observation are strictly guided by the constitution and the electoral laws of our host country.
3.03 In Nigeria, our election observation mission activities are in strict compliance with the electoral act 2010, as amended, INEC guidelines for 2019 General Elections, our Rules of engagement and within the frame work of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended).
3.04 We have engaged in various elections observations mission in Africa over a decade now. We have manifest and transparent profile of robust experiences in planning and observations of elections in some states within a country or in some Countries or Nations across Africa.
4.01 OUR RECENT INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES ARE AS FOLLOWS: –
- In 2018, we were one of the accredited International Observers for the March 2018 Sierra Leona General Elections.
- We also observed the general elections in Mali and Zimbabwe in 2018.
5.01 OUR ELECTION OBSERVATION EXPERIENCES IN NIGERIA
We were accredited International Election Observers for INEC for the 2018 Ekiti State and Osun States Governorship Elections, Anambra State 2017 Elections, Bayelsa State and Kogi State 2016 Election, and Rivers State in 2015 Election.
5.02 However, in the cause of our professional observations of the above mentioned elections across Africa and particularly in Nigeria and in Partnership with INEC, we have garnered multifaceted experiences based on our multi-dimensional engagement in diversities of sensitization workshops and conscientization programs with critical stakeholders to deliver free, fair, peaceful and credible elections.
5.03 Our multi and trans-territorial experiences garnered over the years on elections observations and particularly in recent years has consolidated a formidable platform that exudes a desirable template for us to engage in meticulous and unbiased observations of the Nigeria 2019 General Election. Thereafter, we codify a transparent, thorough and coordinated post-election report of factual realities and verifiable incidences or occurrences during the process of voting at the polling unit based on eye witness report with malice to none.
NIGERIA 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS
6.00 Pan African Women Projects observation Mission arrived Nigeria for the 2019 Nigeria General Elections on the 8th of January, 2019. Our Observation Mission comprised of Thirty-Eight (38) Long Term Observers and Four Thousand Two Hundred and Forty (4,240) Short Term Observers for the three State we observed elections in Nigeria.
6.01 Before the elections we organized sensitization workshops in different States of the Country – Nigeria. In the sensitization workshop which included town hall meetings in Uyo – AkwaIbom State, Abakiliki – Ebonyi State, and Kano – Kano State,we campaigned for a peaceful and credible 2019 General Elections, we campaigned against thuggery, intimidation, vote buying/selling and violence. Our programmes were broadcasted severally on Television and Radio Stations to educate the electorate on the need to embrace peace and shun violence during and after elections.
6.02 In AkwaIbom State a State in the South – South geo-political zone of Nigeria, we had Twelve (12) long term observers from various nations in Africa and One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty (1,960) short term observers, who were all unemployed graduates from the State that we engaged in the Thirty-One (31) Local Government Areas to observe the Presidential/National Assembly, Governorship/State Assembly elections.
AKWA IBOM STATE ELECTIONS
7.00 Elections in AkwaIbom State was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the 16thFebruary, 2019 (Presidential Election) and 9th March, 2019 (Governorship Election) was free, fair, peaceful and credible in compliance with the electoral act 2010 (as amended) and met International Standards.
7.01 We observed that the electoral umpire adequately prepared for the production of sufficient logistics including the sensitive materials, the training of Poll Official including adhoc staff and materials were distributed with heavy escort of Police men to various Local Government Areas of the State from the Central Bank as we witnessed.
7.03 We observed voting process at various polling units across the State in both elections and also collation, declaration and announcement of results by the State ReturningOfficer (RO), Professor Faraday OsasereOrumwense, the Vice Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN) Edo State. It is important to note that details of this election are contained in our report submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission in Nigeria.
Gallery from the Akwa-Ibom State Governorship Election, 2019
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EBONYI STATE ELECTIONS
8.00 The EbonyiState 2019 General Elections was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Presidential Election was held on the 16thFebruary, 2019 and the Governorship/State Assembly Elections were held on the9th March, 2019.
8.01 Ebonyi State is a State in the South – East geo-political zone of Nigeria. Our observation team arrived Abakiliki, the State capital on the 10th of January, 2019 to plan and set up our temporary observation office.
8.02 On the 12th of January, 2019 we held our first Sensitization Workshop followed by a training workshop for our short term observers that observed elections with us across all the thirteen (13) LGA in the State.
8.04 Compared with pockets of violence witnessed in some States in Nigeria during the 2019 General Elections, we observed that elections inEbonyi State is one of the few State that experience a peaceful 2019 General Elections before, during and after elections. Details of our observations are contained in our report presented to the electoral body in Nigeria.
KANO STATE ELECTIONS
9.00 Similar to other elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted theKano State 2019 General Elections held on the 16th February, 2019 (Presidential/National Assembly Elections) and 9th March, 2019 (Governorship/StateAssemblyElections) and on the 23rd March, 2019 a Supplementary Election was held.
9.01 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted a free and fair electoral process in Kano which made the Returning Officer (RO)of the State – Professor Bello Shehu after the Governorship Election to note that there were disagreements arising from over-voting and other electoral offenses including violence that characterized the 9th March, 2019 Governorship Elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) then declared the election inconclusive and scheduled to conduct a supplementary election to satisfy aggrieved candidates and parties.
9.02 Finally, a supplementary election was held on the 23rd of March, 2019 and the Returning Officer (RO) to the State – Professor Bello Shehudeclared the incumbent Governor of the State – Engr. Dr. AbdullahiGanduje of the All Progressive Party as winner with 1,033,695 votes and Engr. Abba Yusuf of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) came second with 1,024,713 votes.
9.03 Also, it is important to note that our full reports of the Nigeria 2019 General Elections are submitted to the electoral body of Nigeria – Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for record.