By Lateef Ibrahim , Abuja
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Monday declared that the conduct of any election requires painstaking preparation and strategic planning for it to succeed.
Prof. Yakubu made the declaration while playing host to the members of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of Losotho led by Dr. Letholetseng Ntsike.
The INEC Chairman pointedly told his visitors that election management is not a guess work.
According to him, “election management is not easy; you must prepare for elections, and prepare insurmountable strategy.”
He disclosed that INEC has election plan for the last cycle and beyond, adding that in 2016, the commission again came out with another strategic plan that covered a period between 2016 and 2021.
“So we are very happy to share our experience with you,” Prof. Yakubu said, assuring the team that this would include the experience in the validation processes that led to the conclusion of strategic plan and strategic programme of action.
The INEC Chairman further disclosed that the strategic plans enable INEC to predict dates of elections, adding that Nigeria’s next general elections would hold on February 16.
Speaking earlier, Dr. Ntsike who is Losotho’s Director of Elections, said the team was in Nigeria to understudy INEC as an ideal knowledge provider.
She said “We chose INEC because of its diverse experience. We expect that there will be discussions, presentations and analytical work so that we go back learned.
“We have come to learn more, with the knowledge outcome, we hope that our EMB will be improved,” she added.
According to her, the Losotho IEC has made effort to improve after the political turmoil of 1998 that led to the establishment of the commission.