A body to monitor, analyse and evaluate the conduct of the 18 political parties before, during and after the 2023 presidential poll has been launched in Abuja.
The Political Party Watch project is funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), under the inclusive and accountable politics project and would work closely with key stakeholders including INEC’s Electoral Institute and the Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) as well as the 18 parties.
The project was launched on Wednesday in Abuja, by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in partnership with the Nigerian Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).
In a statement, the Country Director, WFD-Nigeria, Adebowale Olorunmola said, “On election day, a command centre will be operated by the Political Party Watch project team made up of seasoned political party and election experts, for the purpose of receiving and analysing real-time fact-based information and statistics from trained observers in the field.
“A preliminary and final report which will contribute towards strengthening democracy in Nigeria will be released at the end of this project.
“Findings from the research will be used to engage political parties to strengthen their internal party systems, accountability, democratic and inclusive practices after the 2023 elections.
“The findings will be shared with organisations and institutions with mandates and interests to improve the democratic process in Nigeria.”