A non-governmental organization in Nigeria, ‘The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) on Thursday during a press conference on the state of electoral process in Nigeria vowed to advocate for electoral transparency and accountability by mobilising Nigerians to demand positive change in electoral process in the country.
It will be recalled that TMG during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Thursday, 26th August 2021, elected a new Board to steer the affairs of the flagship election observation organization in the country.
While briefing the media, the executive director of CISLAC and the newly elected Chairman of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) Auwal Musa Rafsanjani lauded the public for its unflinching support for the group.
According to Rafsanjani, the public trust the group has enjoyed so far is an attestation of the confidence they have in TMG’s leadership and they will ensure they work to serve the public interest for the benefit of the nation’s democracy.
He said Nigerians are increasingly losing confidence in the current electoral system which is full of malpractices, manipulation, violence, commercialisation and privatisation of political parties and political offices for selfish interest.
Rafsanjani reiterated the TMG’s commitment to do its best to advocate for electoral transparency and accountability by mobilising Nigerians to demand positive change in the country’s electoral process.
On his position as the newly elected Chairman of the TMG, Rafsanjani said his leadership will lead TMG strategically to redefine its purpose, goals, and competitive position to enable it to identify where and how it can best and most effectively contribute to the development of democracy in Nigeria.
“We pledge to lead the TMG in an internal re-engineering process to restructure its operational organs to enhance its ability to perform its functions with greater effectiveness and efficiency,” he said.
Rafsanjani said the new leadership will resuscitate the TMG Newsletter, ‘Democracy Watch’ to maintain constant communication with the members on the activities of the group.
The group has the following as its key action areas for electoral improvement in Nigeria for the next 4 year period:
1. To redefine its values and identity to complement the existing work of other groups working on elections by focusing more on observing how election delivers good governance.
2. To Reform and Institutionalise Internal Democracy in Nigeria’s Political Parties
3. Engage in Massive Voters’ Education
4. Mobilise extensively to campaign for mass participation of Nigerians in the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration exercise.
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) is the foremost independent civil society election observation organisation in Nigeria. Established in 1998 as a non-profit organisation, TMG seeks to secure the highest standards in the administration of elections in Nigeria by ensuring that the election management body and the electorates carry out their responsibilities during elections under the Law and with internationally recognised standards for free and fair elections. It also seeks to ensure that good governance is entrenched in Nigeria through responsible leadership.