2023: CTA lauds INEC for creating gender and inclusive department

The Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has welcomed the re-organisation carried out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) especially with the creation of the new Gender and Inclusivity Department (GID) that hitherto operated as a Unit in the Commission. 

In a statement signed Monday in Abuja by CTA’s Executive Director, Faith Ossai Nwadishi, said her organisation was poised to re-position itself bearing in mind the current realities and the need to promote inclusiveness in its operations. 

“Also, in this new arrangement, INEC created two (2) departments out of the present Department of Legal Services, Clearance and Complaints (LSC&CC) the new departments are; Department of litigation and prosecution (DL&P) and Department of Lega Drafting and Clearance (LDCD). 

“The unbundling of the legal department we pray, will add further impetus to the long-awaited prosecution of electoral offenders at all stages of the electoral process. CTA and many CSOs have long advocated for a vibrant legal department with teeth and ready to bite. 

“In the same manner, CTA supports the de-establishment of the Voter Education, Publicity, Gender and Civil Society Liaison Department (VEP) and in its place established the Voter Education and Publicity Department (VEP) as well as the Gender and Inclusivity Department (GID). We call on INEC to make this work as it will build more trust between the civil society and the Election Management Board,“ the statement read.

“CTA agrees and supports INEC in the review and realignment of some of its departments for improved effectiveness and efficient management of its human resources and assets.

”The organisation commended INEC for the bold step, describing it as a “steady march towards achieving a credible electoral process leading to transparent, free, fair, and peaceful elections in Nigeria,” the statement further read.

The Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA), also known as Independent Service Delivery Group (ISDMG) is a consortium of several Civil Society Organizations with a large repertoire of media partners birthed with the sole purpose of assisting the government and the people in ensuring that effective services are rendered by government institutions especially those that have been mandated specific statutory functions.

Source: Blue Print

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