November 28, 2022

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2023: INEC invitations EU, UN, C/wealth, AU, ECOWAS observers


The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) on Monday mentioned it has already despatched out letters to worldwide organisations such because the United Nations, European Union, Commonwealth, the African Union and ECOWAS, inviting them to deploy remark missions for the 2023 basic elections. 

Chairman of the fee, Prof Mahmood YakubuYakubu, said this in his message on the closure of part I and launch of of part II of the European Union Assist to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN). 

He mentioned “very quickly, commercial shall be positioned in nationwide newspapers and the fee’s web site to ask functions from home organisations to look at the identical election.”

Prof Yakubu said that the fee would proceed to welcome the deployment worldwide and home election observers in step with INEC pointers. 

He added, “The fee considers the deployment of such election remark missions as a method of enhancing public confidence and belief in Nigeria’s elections. 

He admitted that “their suggestions have been particularly helpful in reviewing our processes and the introduction of among the progressive reforms in our electoral authorized framework in step with international good practices.”

Whereas commending the launch of EU-SDGN part II, he mentioned the hassle is designed to construct on the successes achieved underneath part I, mentioning that “the brand new programme is anchored on the priorities of the European Union and the Federal Republic of Nigeria as contained within the Indicative Programme 2021-2027 and formulated based mostly on the important thing suggestions of the EU Election remark Mission (EU-EOM) report on the 2015 and 2019 basic elections.” 

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He said that “the thematic elements and strategic areas of intervention within the programme embrace help to INEC; the Nationwide Meeting; the judiciary; political events; civil society organisations, media; and the promotion of inclusivity by elevated participation of ladies, youth and different marginalised teams within the electoral and democratic processes.”

Yakubu reassured that “the fee will work along with the consortium of companions to implement the help to the INEC part of the EU-SDGN II.”

He additional mentioned, “We can even proceed to create the enabling surroundings to facilitate the work of the companions for the profitable implementation of the programme. 

“The selection of the companions signifies a vote of confidence of their capability to undertake actions and implement actions which are crucial to selling the institutionalisation of democratic norms in our nation. We are going to work with the implementing companions totally free, truthful, credible and inclusive elections. 

“I want to reiterate right here that the core prices of our electoral actions, together with the acquisition of delicate and non-sensitive supplies for all elections, stay the sovereign duty of federal authorities of Nigeria.

“Nonetheless, the fee appreciates the help of worldwide improvement companions to reinforce coaching and capability constructing of officers; stakeholder engagement for peaceable election; manufacturing and dissemination of messages for voter schooling and sensitisation; enhancing the lively and significant participation of all segments of society within the electoral course of with explicit reference to girls, youth, Individuals with Incapacity (PWD) and Internally Displaced Individuals (IDPs); and, lastly, election battle mitigation, administration and determination.”

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The INEC boss appreciated to the European Union and its Member States and the EU Delegation for introducing, implementing and sustaining the help to democratic governance programme in Nigeria. 

“The fee will proceed to work with the EU, our improvement companions and all electoral stakeholders to make sure the sustainability of our electoral reforms in an effort to defend the integrity and assure the credibility of election outcomes based mostly on the rule of legislation and the need of the voters.”