Governorship Election: IPAC Introduces Election Results Monitoring System

Ahead of tomorrow’s governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states, the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has said that the outcomes of elections play a crucial role in shaping public perception.

At a press conference by the national chairman of IPAC, Engr Yabagi Y. Sani, at the IPAC voters sensitisation exercise preparatory to the Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states off season election, at Golden Tulip Hotel, Owerri, Imo State, yesterday, he said when citizens perceive electoral processes as flawed or manipulated, it erodes their trust in the democratic system.

He added that fair and credible elections are essential for fostering a sense of legitimacy and trust in the government, adding that in the light of the above IPAC is introducing an innovative intervention through Election Results Management System (ERMS) which has recently been brought to the attention of INEC chairman, all 19 national chairmen, as well as all the governorship candidates in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States.

“In particular, the candidates have been told that they can utilise the ERMS even after the election. The ERMS Collation module is ready to commence operation on 11 Nov 2023, and capable of displaying the results on www. The PU results will not be real-time online, but the collated results will be ahead of those of INEC at the Ward, LG, and State Collation Centres,” he said.

He noted that this innovative intervention by IPAC will not only increase the confidence of the citizens in our electoral processes but also provide political parties with first hand information on election results.

“However, political parties have to be more patriotic because the activities of political actors who are perceived to be corrupt and prioritizing personal gain over the public good fuels disillusionment and cynicism which pose significant challenges to the functioning of democracy,” he said.

According to him a vibrant democracy relies on active citizen participation, informed decision-making, and trust in the institutions that govern, adding that rebuilding this trust requires a concerted effort from all stakeholders, including political leaders, civil society, and the media.

He said that addressing insecurity, ensuring transparent electoral processes, and holding political actors accountable for their actions are crucial steps in restoring faith in Nigeria’s democracy, adding that it is a collective responsibility to work towards creating a political environment that fosters trust, encourages civic engagement, and ultimately strengthens the democratic fabric of the nation.

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