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Buhari promises to implement EU recommendations to improve elections

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

The Presidency last night said that President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to implementing recommendations by the European Union, EU, to improve Nigeria’s elections.

 

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari salutes during an inspection of guards on parade to mark Democracy Day in Abuja, on June 12, 2019. – Nigeria celebrates the Day of Democracy on June 12, commemorating the country’s first free elections, on June 12, 1993, after a decade of military rule. (Photo AFP)

The Presidency also said that the administration welcomed report of the EU on the 2019 general elections, promising to analyse it fully and act on the recommendations.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja stated that the EU observers were invited to the country by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and welcomed by the government of President Buhari.

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“This was a clear indication of the administration’s good intentions, commitment to a pure democratic process, and desire to improve for the next elections,” the statement said.

It further states that “The EU noted in their report that there were marked improvements from previous elections, although stating that more work needed to be done.

“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 said that it was noteworthy that INEC was in receipt of a number of recommendations that form a part of the EU report.

The Presidency assured that the Commission was in safe hands and happy that they were 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 a good election 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.

“Thankfully, EU did not question the results of the presidential election.

This is further proof that the polls reflected the overall will of Nigerians, and that the world is solidly behind the election of President Buhari for a second term,” the Presidency said.

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