..Deploys 114 election observers
As Nigerians head for the polls on Saturday to elect new leaders, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, (WANEP) on Friday opened its Election Situation Room (ESR) to monitor the electioneering process axross the thirty-six states and FCT.
Ms Aisha Abdullahi, Co-chairman of the ESR, addressing a media in Abuja explained that the situation room will observe threats to the peaceful conduct of the electioneering process and provide strategic responses to support the prevention and mitigation of election related violence during the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday.
She explained that the ESR is part of a broader programme titled “Election Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation (E-MAM)” launched in October 2018 in Abuja in collaboration with ECOWAS and the Africa Union.
She added: “This intensive monitoring and analysis process, culminating in the specific observation of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, targets prioritized medium and high risk areas throughout the 36 States of Nigeria and the FCT.
“The ESR will be operational for four days from February 15-18, 2019 in Abuja.
To facilitate the observation.
“To facilitate the observation, WANEP collaborated with the ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate (EWD) to develop a user-friendly Arc GIS online mobile application platform to generate data from the field observers to the Situation Room in Abuja.
“It is a live platform designed to enable triangulation of reports for analysis and to inform engagement with national and international stakeholders.” She said.
Abdulahi also informed that the ESR is divided into four rooms to include; the Data Gathering Room, the analysis room, the decision room and the communication room.
Also speaking, the Executive Director, WANEP, Chukwuemeka Eze informed that 114 observers have been deployed for the elections, with at least three in each state.
He also said 37 personnel comprising data collectors, analysts, communication experts and eminent persons will be in the Situation Room.
He added that the 114 deployed observers will work in synergy withbother accredited domestic and international observers to contribute to credible, free and fair elections across the 36 States of Nigeria and the FCT.