Foremost election monitoring group, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), has elected Auwal Rafsanjani as the new Chairman of its Board.
He replaces Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, who stepped down having served the required maximum four years single-term in office.
Mr Rafsanjani alongside other members of the board were elected at the group’s Annual General meeting (AGM) that took place in Abuja on Thursday.
Other members elected by the group included 10 new board members and the state coordinators who were pooled from different demographics to reflect the diversity of the country.
Those elected are Mirian Menkiti, Vice Chair; Tijani Abdulkareem, Treasurer; Ekaete Judith Umoh, representing persons with disabilities; Tayo Akinpelu, representing the youth; and Abdu-Azis Bako, North Central Coordinator.
Sylvester Okoduwa, South-south Coordinator; Joseph Gimba, North-east Coordinator; Adesina Adefolahan, South-west; Gabriel Odom, South-east; and Fatima Mohammed Umar, North-west were also elected.
Mr Rafsanjani, who is also the Head of Transparency International-Nigeria and the chairman Board of Trustee, Amnesty International-Nigeria will now steer the affairs of the flagship election observation coalition in the country for the next four years.
He is known for his consistent engagement of the polity in the last two decades pushing for sustainable reforms that will bring lasting solutions to Nigerian’s many crises.
While delivering his acceptance speech, Mr Rafsanjani thanked the outgoing board and promised to add to some of the achievements made by his predecessor.
He promised to carry along members by running an all inclusive organisation, rebuilding partnership with stakeholders especially with the donor community as well as other relevant agencies in the development sector.
He noted that the new leadership will make all necessary efforts to bring together all members in order to work as a team toward moving the organisation forward and mobilise citizens to demand for accountability in order to choose the right leaders as we match toward the 2023 General Election.
The new board pledged to uphold an already established goodwill and sustained relationship the group presently enjoys with the media.
Mr Rafsanjani thanked the members of the coalition for their steadfastness and noted that in the spirit of accountability, the new board will resuscitate the TMG Newsletter, ‘Democracy Watch’ so as to maintain constant communication with the members on the activities of the group.
He praised the effort of the outgoing leadership for the good work they did to keep the organisation relevant.
The AGM kick started with an Electoral Summit with the theme: The Future of Nigeria Election; The Way Forward.”
The summit looked at various issues that could improve or impede elections in Nigeria with focus on electoral security, internal party democracy, electronic voting and the impact of election litigation on the integrity of our electoral process.
As the flagship of election observation in Nigeria, TMG played a pivotal role in ensuring civic participation by mobilising citizens during the Nigeria’s transition program conducted by the then military regime of Abdusalami Abubakar between 1998 and 1999.
Since then, TMG has consistently engaged the electoral process in ensuring transparency, accountability and credibility of the process by sensitizing and observing every strand of election in Nigeria.
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