(The Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria)
Umbrella Body of Election Management Bodies at Local Governmentnt Level
"A Veritable Vehicle for Grassroots Democracy"
To organise, undertake and supervise all elections to local government councils within the State.
To render such advice as it may consider necessary to the Independent National Electoral Commission, on the compilation and the register of voters, in so far as that register is applicable to local government elections in the State.
For the purpose of clarity, It is important to note that there are 37 Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in Nigeria, INEC as a body has its mandate as stipulated in the Constitution & the Electoral Act and State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) in the 36 States as EMBs have their mandates as stipulated in the Constitution and the Laws establishing each of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), in Nigeria.
- To expose participants (electorate) to the salient issues in the Electoral Laws, and the Constitution.
- To provide opportunities to participate to build knowledge through exchange of ideas and experience.
- To know and educate the electorate on the mandate of the State Independent Electoral Commission.
- To build confidence on the part of the electorate.
INEC has the power to:
Organise, undertake and supervise all elections to the offices of the President and Vice – President of the Federation, the Governor and Deputy Governor of the states, and to the Membership of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Houses of Assembly of each state of the Federation.
Register politival parties in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and an Act of the National Assembly.
Arrange for the annual examination of operation of the political parties, including their finances.
Arrange for the annuyal examination and auditing of the funds and accounts of political parties, and publish a report on such examination and audit for public information.
Arrange and conduct the registration of persons qualified to vote and prepare, maintain and revise the register of voters for the purpose of any election under this constitution.
Monitor political campaign and provide rules and regulations which shall govern the political parties;
Ensure that all Electoral Commissioners, Electoral and Returning Officers take and subscribe the oath of office prescribed by law,
Delegate any of its power to any Resident Electoral Commissioner; and
Carry out such of the functions as may be conferred upon it by an Act of the National Assembly
The Forum notes that in most of the States, the elections were well conducted and the votes of the people counted. In a few of the States there were cases of violence, snatching of ballot papers, logistic challenges and corrupt practices
On the whole, the Nigerian people and the international community adjudged the Presidential and National Assembly Elections and the Governorship and State Assembly elections as credible and a significant leap in our quest for free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.
The Forum believes that the key challenge for the States Independent Electoral Commissions is to design programs and policies to improve the integrity of Local Government Elections and make such elections to conform to national and international standards
“The card reader does certain important things, it recognizes the voter card, it recognizes the voter’s thumb print and brings out the details of the voter. The moment one votes, it sends the voter’s data to INEC.