Election observer group, the Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has described the creation of a Gender and Inclusivity Department (GID) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has a welcome development.
The GID was created in a recent re-organisation carried out by the Commission. The new department was hitherto operated as a Unit in the Commission
In a statement by its Executive Director, Faith Nwadishi, the CTA said it is “pleased that INEC is poised to re-position itself bearing in mind the realities of today and the need to promote inclusiveness in its operations.”
It also commended the INEC for unbundling the legal department, saying it hoped that the action will add further impetus to the long-awaited prosecution of electoral offenders at all stages of the electoral process.
She said, “Also, in this new arrangement, INEC created two (2) departments out of the present Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC). the new departments are; Department of litigation and prosecution (DL&P) and Department of Lega Drafting and Clearance (LDCD). The unbundling of the legal department we pray, will add further impetus to the long-awaited prosecution of electoral offenders at all stages of the electoral process. CTA and many CSOs have long advocated for a vibrant legal department with teeth and ready to bite.
“In the same manner, CTA supports the de-establishment of the Voter Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Liaison Department (VEP) and in its place established the Voter Education and Publicity Department (VEP) as well as the Gender and Inclusivity Department (GID).
“We call on INEC to make this work as it will build more trust between the civil society and the Election Management Board.
“CTA agrees and supports INEC in the review and realignment of some of its departments for improved effectiveness and efficient management of its human resources and assets.
“Centre for Transparency Advocacy commends INEC for this bold step as a sure and steady march towards achieving a credible electoral process leading to transparent, free, fair, and peaceful elections in Nigeria.”