Jonathan advocates election grading system in Commonwealth nations

A former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has advised Commonwealth member-nations to adopt a grading system for elections towards improving the quality of elections, promoting democracy and strengthening institutions.

According to a statement on Tuesday by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, the former Nigerian leader gave the advise at a special virtual high level panel which focused on 40 years of Commonwealth’s election observation experience.

Mr Jonathan advised the 53-member nation body to develop a ‘democracy marker’ which is a bench-marking system of election reporting to serve as a scoring formula for measuring compliance to identified democracy standards within the Commonwealth.

He said: “I associate myself with the efforts to improve Commonwealth election observer experience in line with the Revised Commonwealth Guidelines for the Conduct of Election Observation in Member Countries.

“As in any human experience, we can always seek to further strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of our involvement and enhance the impact it will have in ensuring the sustainability of democracy among Commonwealth member nations.

“Along this line, I…

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