- The EU Election Observation Mission has insisted that it did not observe any centralised systemic fraud as it monitored the 2015 general elections in Nigeria
- The mission stated that while there were certain security incidents during the elections, especially in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states, there was no evidence of systematic manipulations
- However, the EU EOM noted that INEC remained vulnerable to exploitation by political parties, and advised that the electoral commission be given direct power to appoint and remove Resident Electoral Commissioners, in order to develop its independence
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, has stated that it did not observe any centralised systemic fraud during the elections, The Sun reports.
The EU made its position known as its chief observer for the 2015 general elections, Santiago Ayxela Fisas, presented the EU EOM’s final report in Abuja, the nations’ capital.
NAIJ.com gathers that Fisas commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for making attempts to strengthen Nigeria's electoral arrangements; but noted that despite the commission's efforts, there were still some shortcomings.
He stated: “On 28 March election day, voters displayed commendable commitment. Overall in sites visited, polling passed peacefully with appropriate performance by security forces, although over 19 killings were reported.
“Generally, the process may be characterised as disordered and prolonged. Although polling procedures were insufficiently followed, EU EOM observers saw no evidence of systematic manipulations.
“On 11 April election day, there were increased security incidents, with at least 30 people killed, predominantly from inter-party clashes and attacks on election sites, with problems being most pronounced in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
“Again, EU EOM observers saw no evidence of centralised systematic fraud."
Despite this however, Fisas stated that INEC remained vulnerable to being exploited by political parties.
In his words: “However, given the insufficient requirements for transparency and full public accountability, as well as a lack of full institutional independence, the election administration remains vulnerable to partisan operations and/or weak delivery that risks exploitation by parties.”
The EU chief observer advised that INEC be given direct power to appoint and remove Resident Electoral Commissioners in order to develop its independence and also called for a detailed plan to develop the nation's voter’s register.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a delegation of the 2015 European Union Election Observation Mission to Nigeria, led by chief observer, Santiago Fisas Ayxela on Thursday, October 19, visited the chairmen of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at their national secretariats in Abuja.
The EU EOM delegation was received by the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and some members of the party’s National Working Committee, which included: national secretary, Mai Mala Buni; national woman leader, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu; national organising secretary; Sen. Osita Izunaso; national youth leader, Hon. Dasuki Ibrahim Jalo and national vice chairman (north central), Hon. Zakari Idde.
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