Update: Knocks As EU Releases Final Election Report To INEC

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Switzerland, June 15

Switzerland, June 15

The European Union Election Observation Mission, in the final report from the last general election observed, made 30 recommendations to INEC and advised that if implemented, it will contribute to the country’s electoral development.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja shortly after the presentation of the report, EU’s Chief Observer, Maria Arena, said the systematic failings observed in the elections and the relatively low participation of voters, were attributed to a need for fundamental electoral reform.

“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 well in advance of the next elections,” she said.

The report highlighted seven priority areas from the 30 recommendations for consideration and they are;

“The need to strengthen INEC procedures for the collation of results to improve integrity and confidence in electoral outcomes.

“Establish requirements in law for full results transparency, with data easily accessible to the public.

“Considerably strengthen lNEC’s organizational and operational capacity, as well as its Internal communication.

“The inter-agency body responsible for electoral security to work more transparently and inclusively, with regular consultations with political parties and civil society.

“Introduce a legal requirement for political parties to have a minimum representation of women among candidates.

“Electoral tribunals to also cover pre-election cases in order to improve access to remedy and to avoid petitions being taken to different courts at the same time.

“Reform the licensing system for the broadcast media to provide for media pluralism and diversity all of Nigeria’s states.”

The Mission concluded that the 2019 elections which they were in Nigeria between 5 January and April 2019 to observe, were marked by severe operational and transparency shortcomings, electoral security problems and low turnout, adding that although in a positive way, the elections were competitive, parties were able to campaign and civil society enhanced accountability.



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