INEC WANTS ACTIVE NOA INVOLVEMENT IN ELECTIONS, REVIEW OF NOA ACT

As the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
work together to mobilize the electorate for
peaceful conduct of the upcoming gubernatorial
elections in Edo and Ondo States, the INEC
Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has called
for the review of the NOA Act to enable it
participate more actively in the conduct of
elections.
He made the call when the NOA Director General,
Garba Abari paid him a working visit in his office
to, according to Abari, “strategize and extract
inputs from both organizations on how to make
impact on the society in line with their respective
mandates” ahead of the elections.
Professor Yakubu noted that the long standing INEC
and NOA partnership was getting deeper and more
fruitful, but called for the review and strengthening
of relevant aspects of the NOA Act to enable the
Agency work more closely with INEC in the
conduct of future elections. Describing elections
as a civic process requiring key inputs from an
Agency like NOA, the INEC boss commended the
Agency for being innovative and engaging with
stakeholders to meet the challenges of the
electoral process.
Reiterating the Commission’s commitment to
delivering elections that meet world electoral
standards, the INEC Chairman said “NOA will
always have in INEC a partner in the conduct of
free, fair and credible elections”.
The NOA Director General had described the two
bodies as “Siamese twins” which both have
presence in all States and Local Government Areas
of the country and always work together toward
hitch free elections, especially in the areas of voter
education and mobilization. He said NOA was a
“conduit and strategic platform for engagement
with the public” on matters of public interest,
adding that his Agency was prepared utilize its
platforms to mobilize both politicians and the
electorate, down to the grassroots level, “toward
rancor-free and possibly litigation-free elections
in Edo and Ondo States as well as for future
elections”.

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