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January 2011 - 2011 Nigerian Elections – Cause for Concern (Press Release)

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2011 Nigerian Elections – Cause for Concern

Accra, January 26, 2011 – The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding – as the implementing partner of the ECOWAS early warning and response mechanism has been monitoring with keen interest the processes leading to the April 2011 Nigeria. Given its geo-strategic importance in promoting peace and human security in West Africa, Nigeria cannot afford to get the outcome of its elections “wrong”. Nigeria must ensure a free, credible and transparent electoral process

Taking into cognizance some of the progress made so far, WANEP commends:

  • the efforts and boldness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in embarking on a more robust voter’s registration process and ensuring that internal democracy is entrenched in the party primary conducted in 2011;
  • the leadership of the various political parties, especially the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), for allowing a level playing ground for its aspirants at the various party primaries;

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