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Ekiti poll: CLEEN Foundation trains 43 observers

The CLEEN Foundation said it has trained 43 election observers from the 16 Local Government Areas of Ekiti for the state governorship election holding on Saturday.

A statement by the foundation’s Executive Director, Benson Olugbuo, on Friday in Abuja said the training was supported by the European Union in collaboration with the Police Service Commission and Gender Relevance Initiative Promotion (GRIP).

Olugbuo said that the training held in Ado-Ekiti was part of the lined-up activities for the peaceful conduct of the election being implemented under the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN).

“With the accreditation of CLEEN Foundation by the electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the Saturday governorship election, CLEEN Foundation organised capacity building for its observers for the election.

“The training realised the following objectives.

“Ensured that their safety and security are prioritised using the findings of CLEEN Foundation Security Threat Assessment in Ekiti State and Reviewed Police Performance During Previous Elections.

“It also reviewed INEC Election Observers Ethics and Guidelines;
Improved their knowledge and understanding on the Police Service Commission Conduct for Security Agencies on Election Duty.”

He said that the trained observers would be deployed across the 16 Local Government Areas of Ekiti State to specifically monitor the conduct of security officers on election duty during the governor election.

“CLEEN Foundation Call Centre Managers are also on ground to receive complaints from members of the public on logistical, security, technical and other challenges during the election.

“These complaints will be communicated to appropriate authorities for timely response.

“This is with view to ensure they are not trigger factors for electoral violence in Ekiti State.

“CLEEN Foundation will collate, analyse and produce preliminary statement on the Conduct of Security Agencies during the election.

“This will be used to drive advocacy for improving election security management in Nigeria, “ he said.

Olugbuo said prior to this, the Foundation piloted the harmonised electoral violence mitigation tool in Ekiti State for predicting electoral risk factors and mitigating violence in the state.

CLEEN Foundation has a mandate to mitigate electoral violence in Nigeria before, during and after the 2018 off-cycle and the 2019 general elections under Component five Support to Civil Society Organisations of the EU-SDGN

The European Union is supporting 10 organisations including CLEEN Foundation toward implementing an effective democratic governance in Nigeria