Mr Rudolf Elbling, Coordinator of ECES in Nigeria, stated this on Wednesday in Calabar during the Methodology Workshop on Campaign Finance Tracking and Debriefing on 2018 Political Party Primaries.
According to him, the workshop is organised to build the capacity of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff to effectively monitor the campaign finances of political parties ahead of the 2019 polls.
He added that the workshop would also help the participants draw useful lessons from the recently conducted primaries of political parties.
“It is my hope that deliberations and knowledge to be gained by participants at the workshop will strengthen INEC’s capacity to effectively monitor the activities of political parties.
“It is also my hope that the outcome of the workshop will provide feasible solutions to the emerging threats of vote buying and selling observed in recent governorship elections,” he said.
Speaking, Dr Frankland Briyai, INEC Resident Electoral Commission in the state, said that the workshop would enhance the capacity of election observers in 2019.
Briyai, who was represented by Mrs Irene Oguma, the Administrative Secretary of INEC in Cross River, added that the training would engender democratic tenets among citizens.
He advised political parties to be transparent with their campaign finances to ensure easy tracking.
Also, Mr Aminu Idris, INEC’s Director of Election Party and Monitoring, said that the commission registered 49 political parties in the current administration.
Idris, who disclosed that 91 political parties would be contesting elections in 2019, said they have an approved guideline for monitoring and reviewing political parties in the country. (NAN)