After deploying successfully the Election Risk Management (ERM) tools for the 2015 general elections, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recommended the rollout of the ERM tools in the management of elections in other African countries.
According to Jega, who spoke during a workshop by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) on ERM, the tools help to build users’ capacity to understand electoral risk factors, collect and analyze risk data, design prevention and mitigation strategies, and record the results.
He said the ERM tools were necessitated by good practices implemented by national and regional actors worldwide. They have been tested by civil society organisations in Colombia and Sri Lanka and piloted by election management bodies in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kenya.
They are currently being used by electoral management bodies in Nigeria and Nepal and they are due to be rolled out in six other African countries over the next three years in partnership with AU.
In his words, “The tool has enabled us to do electoral risk mapping to generate data and do analysis to support a range of activities targeted at either mitigating risks or taking proactive measures in ensuring the conduct of free, fair, credible and especially peaceful elections.”