The European Union (EU) has expressed dedication to offering all crucial assist that can improve credibility and success of 2019 common elections in Nigeria.
Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, Ketil Karlson, who made the pledge to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, mentioned the Union had dedicated over 100 million euros to Nigeria’s democracy since 1999.
He was talking after a gathering of some EU ambassadors to Nigeria with a delegation of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) led by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
Karlson mentioned the assembly with the INEC delegation afforded it the chance to evaluate the extent of preparation and additional take a look at different areas of collaboration that might improve credibility of the 2019 common elections.
The EU delegation head expressed confidence that INEC would conduct a free and credible election come 2019, noting that the EU had supported the fee in numerous methods.
”We’ve got since 1999 supplied greater than 100m Euros in assist of democratic processes in Nigeria.
”I’ve an excellent piece of reports for everybody that our excessive consultant and vice chairman has simply now accredited that we are going to have once more a very long time remark mission right here subsequent yr,” he mentioned.
The helps which entails institutional and technical, in keeping with the EU are geared toward guaranteeing elections within the nation are free, truthful, credible and peaceable.
Karlson mentioned that as a part of its assist to Nigeria’s democracy, the EU had simply concluded excursions of the six geopolitical zones, educating youths and ladies on the essence of taking part within the 2019 common elections.
“EU has been supporting INEC for a really very long time; it’s not one thing that we began doing simply forward of the elections.
”As a matter of reality, we now have been offering institutional and technical helps to INEC for a really very long time,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the assembly with INEC delegation had afforded the union the chance to debate inclusiveness, the significance of participation of individuals with incapacity, the significance of girls and youth.
”Generally there are fast fixes, issues that may be executed with out nice funding to make sure that these folks have higher entry to voting additionally,” he mentioned.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu, mentioned that the fee was totally ready to conduct an election that might be an enchancment on earlier ones.
Yakubu mentioned the but to be signed Electoral Modification Act wouldn’t have an effect on the fee in any method as INEC had been conducting itself throughout the ambit of the regulation.
“For us, there is no such thing as a authorized lacuna as a regulation exists, however whether it is accented to, then we are going to abide by the provisions of the brand new regulation, however as we communicate, there is no such thing as a authorized lacuna.
”We’ve got taken the actions we now have taken to this point legitimately beneath the provisions of the regulation because it exists and nothing has modified,” he mentioned.
The INEC chairman additionally assured that steps had been taken to ensure an all inclusive elections.
He mentioned the fee was taking a look at all prospects that might guarantee folks with disabilities train their franchise.
“For the primary time in Anambra, we launched magnifying glasses for these with visible impairment, within the Osun election, we launched tactile balloting, that means that these with visible impairment who can learn with brail and might vote are assisted,” he mentioned.