On Friday 14th of June 2019 the European Union Election Observation Mission( EU EOM) had submitted its report on the 2019 general elections to INEC.
The Chief Observer, Maria Arena had said that the union would make a public report on Saturday on it’s findings from monitoring the election.
Arena had refused to disclose the content of the report and had said that the submission would be made public to journalists and members of the public to make clear all clarifications on the issues in the report. The chief observer had said that the union had been part of the electoral process since 1999.
During the 2019 general elections the union had made available 73 observers to 223 polling units and 81 collation centers in 22 states. INEC chairman also revealed that the EU had been a part of the success story of Nigeria’s democracy, revealing that the commission had adopted the EU recommendation in previous election.
He had revealed what the recommendations involved and had said it included the simultaneous accreditation and voting processes on election day. The process had been initially used in the Bayelsa governorship election and was subsequently introduced in all elections in the country.
INEC chairman had also spoken on some important proposals which had been tailored according to the union’s recommendations, and were being used for reforming the electoral legal framework thereby improving the electoral processes and procedures of the federation. He had also assured everyone that the recommendations submitted in 2019 elections would be the bench mark in the reform to be presented to the National Assembly.
According to NAN his statement had read in part:
“Every election in any democracy around the world is work in progress.We therefore look forward to the full EU EOM report and recommendations on the elections. “We are confident that there will be useful lessons for the commission as we prepare for future elections. “Indeed, the report is coming at the right time as it will feed into our ongoing review of the conduct of the elections.
“Let me assure you that the commission will again quickly focus attention on the electoral legal framework in addition to several other areas of reform. “We will study in detail all your recommendations as part of our ongoing internal review of the 2019 general elections which we hope to conclude in the next two months,”