By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has official launch and open Election Analysis Centre (EAC) that would be a one-stop-shop for rigorous analysis of the 2019 general elections.
Speaking in her opening address in Abuja on Thursday, 14th of February 2019, the Director of the CDD Ms. Idayat Hassan said the initiative is driven by the Centre’s quest to provide accurate and real-time analysis of events in the build-up to the polls, Election Day and post-election period in a more captivating, enriching and systematic manner.
According to her, through the analysis centre, CDD shall provide informed analysis grounded in historical facts and data spanning 1999-2015 general elections inclusive of off-cycle polls in the country.
She noted that embedded in the analysis centre is fake news centre which can trigger fear and violence during election thus CDD fact-checking team will spot, identify, investigate and counter fake news during the election.
“This is the former opening of our election analysis centre. It is to instill confident on electoral process. So we are monitoring and analyzing the elections and we are informing Nigerians what is happening during the elections.
“I advised Nigerians to be peaceful, maintain peace and go out and cast their vote” She stressed.
In his goodwill message, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador David Young commanded CDD for its effort in combating fake news.
According to Ambassador Young, both fake news and hate speech is a worrisome phenomenon of recent time and assured US support in combating all forms of fake news that get reported.
“We are your partners and we want to support Nigeria. The CSOs played a critical role in the society especially in this forthcoming 2019 elections. I want to appreciate them for the effort to combat fake news.
“Both fake news and hate speech is a worrisome phenomenon of our recent time. We want to combat and support you in combating all forms of fake news that get reported.
“It is very unhealthy and undermined the spirit of the people to ensure peace or to allow them go to the poll on Saturday to ensure their votes are counted.
Also in his goodwill message, the Australian High Commission to Nigeria, Mr. Philip Baker commended the role of the CDD and the CSOs actors in bringing out credible elections monitoring analysis centre.
He maintained that Australian Embassy stand in condemn of the hate speech and to join hands to give every Nigerians free, fair and creditable 2019 election through monitoring to ensure there is no fake news and hate speech.