The civil society group said the several failings of past elections identified in previous observer reports seem to have repeated themselves, and INEC’s assertion that this election would be a litmus test of its preparedness for the 2015 general elections has not been fully realized.
It noted that election materials were not distributed in a timely manner in many polling units, and that this affected the timely commencement of accreditation and voting, particularly in Idemili North, Idemili South, and Ogbaru Local Government Areas.
“The Situation Room is concerned that INEC is still not able to deal with the perennial challenge of late distribution of election materials and commencement of accreditation and voting. The Situation Room is also very worried about the gross incompetence of INEC officials charged with the responsibility of distributing election materials,” it stated.
The Situation Room notes that election officials were not deployed in sufficient numbers to some polling units, making it difficult for the election officials posted to the units to effectively carry out their duties.
It said, “We received reports that in some polling units, election officials were recruited at the election venue and deployed without any form of training. The inadequate deployment of election officials and their poor training contributed in a large measure to the failure of INEC to effectively implement logistical arrangements for the election.”