2023: EU Election Observation Mission meets with political parties

Calls for free, credible polls

Ahead of the 2023 general elections in the country, the European Union Election Observation Mission, (EU-EOM), at the weekend met with the various political parties under the aegis of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, (IPAC), where it emphasised the need to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

The leader of the delegation, a member of the European Parliament and Chief Observer, EU EOM in 2019, Ms. Marie Arena, told the IPAC leadership that the Report of its findings of the 2019 elections has been submitted to relevant stakeholders.

She added that the report has 30 recommendations on how to improve the electoral process in subsequent elections.

Ms. Arena said the group had met with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), government and political parties to make inputs on the best way to conduct the next general elections. The group also called for the inclusion of women in political activities.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, (IPAC), Engr. Yabagi Sani, expressed appreciation to the Parliamentarians of the European Union for their interest, commitment and sacrifices of time and resources towards the development and sustenance of the culture and practice of democracy all over the world, especially, in the developing nations, among which is Nigeria.

“With the coming up on stream of the amended Electoral Act, political parties are now more than before, expected to emphasis the use and application of ICT and related technology in their internal affairs and interaction with the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC). Failure to meet up these demands, will no doubt affect the performance of their obligations in the electoral process.

“To enhance their capacity, to meet up with the challenges and demands of the Electoral Act in the countdown to the 2023 elections, majority of the political parties will be needing external intervention and assistance in terms of capacity building and acquisition of the required ICT hardware.

“The EU Election Observer Mission and Nigeria’s other development partners will do very well to look into this aspect in their consideration of providing support towards the success of the 2023 election”, it stated.

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