Ahead of the presidential election scheduled for March 28, 2015, the Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja, will set up an Analysis Centre to aggregate real-time updates from field observers and monitor developments during the entire electioneering process.
According to a press release by the CDD Director, Idayat Hassan, the Centre will bring together renowned legal, political, conflict, and election analysts for in-depth analysis and real-time updates for the 2015 general elections, as a way to douse election tension that usually emanate due to poor understanding and reporting of political trends in the country.
Ms. Hassan said, “Nigeria is yet to build a progressive competition attitude where winners and losers accept the results and congratulate each other, thus, nibbling in its bud possible violent reactions from supporters that could lead to instability.
“In this clime, election losers always claim there is deliberate subversion of the electoral result while they seek redress through violence.”
The Centre would be operated to enable local and international media organizations access viable background data on elections in Nigeria and also a synchronized live updates from field observers. The Centre will employ the use of social media, radio and television to gather real time updates on the elections from the field.
“This initiative is part of CDD’s effort to ensure at this stage of Nigeria’s democracy and democratisation,” Ms. Hassan said. “All efforts are put together to guard and protect it.
“Therefore it becomes important for the state and citizens to adequately follow updates on the elections. CDD therefore invites the media, citizens and the international community to join her Analysis Centre at the Barcelona Hotels, Blantyre Street, Wuse II, Abuja.”