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INEC, institute canvass creation of electoral risks management in states

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management Sunday canvassed for the creation of Electoral Risks Management of…

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management Sunday canvassed for the creation of Electoral Risks Management of Nigeria (CILRMN) across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The two establishments, at the 2022 annual risk professionals’ national conference in Abuja, submitted that the development would reduce many potential threats to the peaceful conduct of 2023 general elections.  

Dr Sa’ad Umar Idris, the Director-General of The Electoral Institute (TEI) of INEC Nigeria and Mrs Harriet Akubuiro, the President of CILRMN, who doubles as the Chairman of Governing Council, recommended that the commission should establish ERM State Desk Officers under the office of the Resident Electoral Commissioners in the states.

Idris made the recommendations while presenting a paper titled: “Integrated Risk Management Strategies: As Nigeria Earnestly Awaits the Conduct of Its 2023 General Election.”

He said, “There are many potential risks to the conduct of a peaceful, credible, free, fair and inclusive election in 2023. The risks are largely initiated when any stakeholder decides not to play by the rules.

“All agencies and persons must therefore work to have an election that will further build up the country and make it stronger, rather than encourage incidents and issues that may destabilise it.”

Speaking earlier, Mrs Harriet said, “We made extra efforts to include some of the most sensitive topics of discourse in Nigeria today.”