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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

South West RECs, others deliberate on 5-year INEC strategic plan

Top management staffers of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the South-West, on Tuesday, converged on Ibadan to validate the draft document on strategic plan for the commission’s operations from 2022 to 2026.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the draft INEC 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (SP) and Strategic Programme of Action (SPA) is to replace the current INEC strategic plan of action (2017-2021) that will end this year.

In his opening remarks at the two-day retreat, Mr Mutiu Agboke, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, stressed the need for the draft document to be tabled for discussion for possible implementation.

Agboke recalled that the commission had, in 2012, adopted the use of strategic planning to carry out its constitutional and statutory responsibilities.

He said that the entire INEC programme, such as its vision, mission, values, strategic objectives, key actions and activities, were streamlining into the two documents, tagged: ‘Strategic Plan (SP) and Strategic Programme of Action (SPA).’

Agboke said that some of the objectives of the SPA 2022- 2026 were: “to provide electoral operations, systems and infrastructure to support the delivery of free, fair, credible and inclusive elections.

“Also, to improve voter and civic education and promote knowledge of sound democratic electoral processes and to register political parties and monitor their operations, among others.’’

He said that the committee set up by the commission to develop the 2022-2026 strategic plan had concluded its work.

“The review of the draft document has also been completed by the South-West states, having taken into consideration their respective states’ experiences and peculiarities so as to identify specific issues that should be factored into the implementation of the document.

“The outcome of each state’s review is now ready to be injected into this validation meeting to ensure that cross-cutting issues and challenges, based on shared interests, are also taken into consideration,’’ Agboke said.

He said that the process of validating the drafted strategic document must, however, be guided by the need for ownership of the process by the commission and engagement with various key stakeholders in the electioneering process.

The REC urged the participants to critically look into all areas, indicating noticeable gaps, inputs, recommendations and the likes.

These, he said, should include the peculiarities of the states in the zone, such as Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, Lagos environment, Ondo riverine area as well as the cultural nature of Ekiti and Osun states respectively.

“These variables will eventually guide the commission in presenting a well-treated and articulated document at the forthcoming national validation retreat for the commission’s ratification and ultimate approval,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the National Commissioner supervising South-West zone, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, urged the commission’s management staffers at the retreat to do justice to the document.

Ogunmola assured Nigerians that the commission would to ensure that the country witness credible, free and inclusive general elections in 2023.

NAN reports that all the RECs in the six states of the zone led their respective management staffers to the retreat.

The RECs are: Prof Olayinka Raji, Ogun; Dr Tella Mohammed, Ekiti; Mr Sam Olumekun, Lagos; Mr Segun Agbaje, Osun; Mr Rufus Akeju, Ondo and Agboke, Oyo. 


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