EU election report: Election in any democracy is work in progress - INEC

EU election report: Election in any democracy is work in progress - INEC

- EU election observers have been commended by INEC for doing a good job during the 2019 general elections

- The electoral body said the observers were very helpful in contributing to the electoral reforms in the country

- Also speaking, the chief observer of the union said more electoral reforms are needed to curb the cases of violence and killing

The Independent National Electoral (INEC) has praised the role played by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) in Nigeria’s 2019 general elections.

INEC also noted that every election in any democracy is always a work in progress, adding that the union was particularly useful in design of some reforms of electoral legal framework following the 2015 general election, Leadership reports.

The INEC chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, said that the EU recommendation really went a long way in helping the commission to re-strategise their planning and strengthen engagement with stakeholders.

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The EU missions on the other hand also commended Nigerians for their commitment in the 2019 general elections despite intimidation and violence.

The international body added that ahead of the 2023 general elections, more electoral reforms need to be done to curb the cases of violence and killings as more than 150 people lost their lives during the 2019 elections.

During a press conference, Maria Arena, the chief observer of the union, said there was low turnout particularly during the gubernatorial elections.

She said: “Such reform needs political leadership that is dedicated to the rights of Nigerian citizens, and an inclusive process of national dialogue involving state institutions, parties, civil society and the media.

“This needs to be urgently undertaken to allow time for debate, legislative changes and implementation in advance of the next elections.”

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that following the controversy raised by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the use of servers for the 2019 election, the INEC declined comment on the matter.

It was reported that the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman said the commission would not comment on the issue to avoid running afoul of the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Rotimi Oyekanmi said dwelling on the issue which is already before the court could lead to sanction by the tribunal.

Oyekanmi said: “The Tribunal gave this warning in its inaugural speech. It is not just acceptable that we continue to discuss what is clearly subjudice. PDP has made a case and it is being argued in court." ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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