By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA: Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), has officially launched an election analysis centre.
Speaking at the launch on Thursday, the Director, Centre for Democracy and Development, Idayat Hassan, noted that the essence of the centre is to infuse confidence in the whole elections.
In her words, “We are monitoring the elections, we have deployed our observers and we are using a GPS enabled application to ensure that they are giving us accurate information especially where they are deployed.
“Beyond that, we are also providing rigorous analysis of previous Nigerian elections from 1999, 2015 and all the off cycle elections held since then, so that we can interrogate what is happening in the whole electoral environment”.
She revealed also, that a fake news centre which will be reacting to fake news as it is being shared on social media is in place, to help combat it.
“We will be putting out observation report and aside that, we will be matching it with what has previously held, to see if there is a pattern.
“Importantly, in this election, we only want one thing and that is to ensure that peace reigns in the elections”, she remarked.
Hassan, further urged Nigerians to go out and exercise their franchise during the elections.
On his part, the Director, Africa Office, MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Kole Shettima, stated that the launch is a timely intervention by CDD, adding that the idea is to enforce an intellectual orientation in respect to the elections, more than just observations.
He called on Nigerians to avoid being provoked by either those who lose or win, rather they should have self restain and be vigilant of those that will work to instigate others.
Shettima, called for a peaceful and credible conduct of the elections,so as to give Nigerians a better platform to express their desires in another four years.Also, a Senior Fellow of CDD, Jibrin Ibrahim, noted that the trend analysis of Nigeria’s elections carried out, revealed that very few people in their comments and discussions, refer to the manifesto of the two leading candidates, adding that many others have neither seen not read the manifesto.
He stated that people take the short cut of simply deciding on the label ‘good or bad’, rather than trying to understand what those candidates stand for as well as the implications of their policy positions for the electoral processes.
The CDD election analysis centre, is expected to provide rigorous analysis to the Nigerian elections.