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NGO initiator lauds efforts to ensure free, credible 2023 elections

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by Racheal Abujah

Dr Samuel Eziokwu, the Executive Director, Human Rights Awareness Initiative (HURAI) has lauded efforts being made to ensure free and credible elections in the country.

This is contained in a statement on Monday ahead of the launch of the a book titled: ‘’Credible Elections in the U.S. and Ghana: Lessons for Nigeria’’ written by Eziokwu to be released on Thursday.

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Eziokwe said that a free and credible election promotes peace, stability, and national development.

He also said transparency of election guarantees that each step is open to scrutiny and stakeholders can interr.te the process.

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Eziokwu said inclusiveness ensures that elections must provide equal opportunity for all participants as voters and candidates.

He said accountability of elections warrants that every process must be held accountable, adding that t. must be remedies in place and executed for violation of electoral laws, especially election related rights.

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‘’Competitive election guarantees reasonable and equitable opportunities to compete to be elected into government office to be reflected in the electoral cycle devoid of violence, intimidation, etc.

‘’The book outlined other conceptual underpinning principles for credible elections like international law concept of credible election which sees periodic and genuine elections as rights of citizens; Passing electoral test for selection which every candidate must go through based on specified values of competence, character, capacity,’’ he said.

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Justice Ibrahim Auta, a retired Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in his forward, described the book as a “challenge to nascent democracies to make and execute laws regulating elections, intentionally appoint credible election management body truly independent, give close attention to credible voters registration, voting, vote counting, transmission and collation of results.’’

Also, former Senate minority leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, insisted that “since politics is the arena within which our fate as a nation will be decided, the book is a must read for both practitioners and citizens who as a duty must engage in politics.

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”It explores a wide range of issues in elections and compares our processes with that of other climes within our sub-region and others outside our hemisp..”(NAN)

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