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Nigerians are expressing gladness on the decision reported decisions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) to have developed about 42 checklists to monitor violence-prone areas during the 2019 elections in Nigeria.

Nigerians are expressing gladness on the decision reported decisions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) to have developed about 42 checklists to monitor violence-prone areas during the 2019 elections in Nigeria.

This was done in connection with the West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) which as part of the deal has trained 80 election monitors. It is also heartwarming this decision was made public by Mfrekeobong Ukpanah, early warning officer, peace and security department, AU commission, while speaking at the end of the training in Abuja.
The role of ECOWAS in the invisibility of Nigeria has become enormous due to the position of the country in the development of Africa.  There are series of threats and signs of possible violence towards the 2019 elections. ECOWAS also said “There are series of threats and there are series of signs and that's why we started this project in collaboration with ECOWAS and our civil society partner, WANEP, sometime last month. We tried to map and identify concretely potential hotspots, either due to issue of election related violence in past elections or due to the current security dynamics in the country.
“Also, we have a checklist like a set of indicators which we developed with different Nigerian stakeholders cutting across four major thematic issues of physical violence, physical assault, issues that have to do with ethics and compliance to the electoral act or rule of law which could threaten elections, to issues of hate related speeches.
“So, there are series of things that we need to work towards to prevent electoral violence. I can specifically say this is it, but we have actually had a long checklist; 42 of them that we are monitoring on a regular basis. That is why we are providing this training for these monitors to be able to help us systematically and on a regular basis, monitor those reports and provide us with valid report that we need to analyze” Nigeria Moment opined that the training should focus on situation monitoring, analysis and mitigation throughout the electioneering process, so that field monitors will provide analytical reports on areas of risks of violence and make recommendations to key electoral actors like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigerian police, Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) and Juma'atu Nasril Islam (JNI). Again the commission should be concerned about the 2019 polls and aims to promote peace and security in the region for the monitors to provide a new improved software called “server 123” to guarantee a better information gathering process.

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