EU Election Follow-up Mission in Nigeria: progress made but further actions needed to improve the electoral process
The EU Election Follow-up Mission was in Nigeria to meet with key stakeholders and assess the degree of implementation of recommendations of the previous EU election observation mission. The Follow-up Mission was led by Maria Arena, Member of Parliament and Chief Observer of the EU EOM to Nigeria in 2019.
The Follow-up Mission acknowledged in its report that progress has been made on a number of priority recommendations. Among these, the adoption of the new Electoral Act 2022 is considered an important achievement since it introduces a range of measures that will improve future election processes. Other positive developments have been noted in the reforms undertaken by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which will translate into strengthening a more progressive and effective electoral institution.
However, further actions are needed. The report notes that out of the 30 EU recommendations, 11 have been partially implemented and only two recommendations fully implemented. The Follow-up Mission identified a number of actions that could still be taken to improve the process in the run-up to the 2023 elections.
Election observation is a concrete example of EU’s commitment to supporting democracy and promoting human rights around the world. To this end, the Election Observation and Democracy Support (EODS) III Project, funded by the European Commission, is dedicated to strengthening EU EOMs capacity in five key areas:
- Strengthening missions’ methodology
- Building capacity to assess the impact of social media on elections
- Coordinating the communication strategy for EU election missions
- Training election observation specialists, and
- Developing tools for the operational support of EU election observation.
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