Presidency Reacts To EU Report On 2019 Elections

The Presidency on Saturday reacted to the 2019 election report by the European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) which called for a reform of the nation’s electoral process.

The EU EOM in its final report on the 2019 elections was presented by the EU Chief Observer, Maria Arena, and her deputy, Hannah Roberts, at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday.

Reacting, the Presidency said that President Muhammadu Buhari accepted the report on the 2019 general elections, saying its recommendations would be implemented during the next elections.

The Presidency’s reaction was contained in a statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

It observed that the EU reported “improvements” in the conduct of the elections, adding that, in spite of the setbacks recorded in some states, the overall results showed that the Independent National Electoral Commission did well.

Shehu stated, “The administration of President Buhari will work with all Nigerian citizens, state institutions, parties, civil society, the media and other experts to make sure that the improvements recommended by the EU are implemented, and that these areas of concern are addressed.

“It is noteworthy that INEC is in receipt of a number of recommendations that form a part of the EU report.

“The Presidency assures Nigerians that the commission is in safe hands and happy that they are currently engaged in root and branch reviews of the 2019 general elections and will input lessons learned into its recommendations for electoral and constitutional reforms.

“We believe that the commission conducted good elections and will continue to improve on its processes and procedures.

“While it is regretted that the elections in a few parts of the country witnessed some violence, among other shortcomings highlighted by the EU, we note however that none of these hitches affected the overall outcome of the elections.”


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