Preparation starts with identifying and naming the type of election as mandated under electoral laws. These include:
• Presidential Elections
• Parliamentary Elections
• Local Government Council Elections,
• Youth councils/committees Elections
• Women councils/committees Elections
Then studying the relevant enabling laws for each type of election with a view to;
- Determining the election cycle.
- Identifying or demarcating the area(s) of representation (Constituencies /Electoral Area).
- Identitying the mode of election say,
• Universal Adult Suffrage, Secret Ballot;
• Universal Adult Suffrage, by Lining;
• Electoral College, Secret Ballot; and
• Electoral College, by Lining.
- Establish any statutory deadlines.
Each of the modes mentioned above spells out different requirements and therefore need to be planned for differently.
going through all the relevant laws and identifying the activities
and requirements then an election plan can be drawn including the
• Nomination dates
• Voters’ Register display period
• Period required to print ballot papers
• Period required to assemble and pack polling materials
• Campaign period
• Polling Day/Day(s)
All the materials required for the election(s) and the procurement
procedures that have to be followed. The bulk of materials will
determine the delivery method and time to deliver the materials
in the field.
This makes planning and efficient implementation of election procurements a complex issue and this is a big challenge for Commission.
Delivery of high quality services is a must for the success of an election, and this calls for accuracy in content as well as numbers of various material and personnel.
Reading, internalizing, correctly interpreting and accurately functionalising the various enabling laws facilitate efficient plan, effectively organize, conduct and supervise elections.
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