The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hinted that it is collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2023.
UNDP Team Lead, Governance, Peace and Security, Matthew Alao, gave the hint at the opening of a two-day training organised by the UN body in Port Harcourt Friday.
Alao said UNDP collaborated with INEC’s Election Monitoring Support Centre (EMSC) to train its Head of Departments (HODs) in South South and South East for successful conduct of the elections.
According to him, the successful conduct of the elections would help deepen democracy and enable the country to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.
“UNDP will continue to assist INEC to achieve and sustain inclusive, transparent and credible electoral processes for peaceful and cohesive societies.
“This workshop intends to strengthen the capacity of INEC’s EMSC to ensure efficient planning, implementation and management of elections.
“Also, the training will help to strengthen the capacities of officers to counter disinformation, reinforce assurance and credibility in the election procedures.
”This is the main crux of UNDP’s partnership with INEC,” he said.Alao said that Nigeria must continue to strive to develop its election processes so that every key political stakeholder and the general voting public would trust the election