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2019: Nigeria needs political will for improved election, says EU

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File Photo-Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate the announcement of results favoring his All Progressives Congress (APC) party in their state, anticipating victory, in Kano © AP Photo/Ben Curtis File Photo-Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate the announcement of results favoring his All Progressives Congress (APC) party in their state, anticipating victory, in Kano The European Union Election Observer Mission has said that Nigeria needs political will for improved electoral process in order to strengthen its democracy and achieve full potentials.

The mission stated this as part of its 30 recommendations made on the 2019 general elections, which it promised to make public on Saturday (today).

The Chief Observer of the mission, Maria Arena, gave insights into the 30 recommendations during a return visit to the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Friday.

She said, “There is need for political will to improve the electoral process, as you know the process is always improvable. It is good for democracy.

Secondly, it is important for the process to begin as early as possible. You can say five years is a long time but when you start one year before the election it’s too late.

The last thing is to have inclusive methodology to work with Civil Society Organisations and all the stakeholders.”

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The mission observed that the population of women elected in this year’s election was worse than before.

Meanwhile INEC is set to embark on reforms, including electoral legal framework, aimed at ensuring that elections in the country are credible.

The commission’s Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Friday when the Chief Observer of the EUEOM, Arena, presented the EU report on the 2019 general elections to him in his office in Abuja.

Yakubu said as part of the reform process, the commission would be engaging the leadership of the National Assembly on areas that require legislation.

While that is going on, he said INEC would be implementing other aspects of the reform within its powers, in consultation with critical stakeholders.

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