The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has lashed out at the major political parties in Nigeria for not reining their supporters and preventing acts of violence and intimidation.
The EU EOM Chief Observer, Maria Arena, who addressed press on Saturday in Abuja on the release of the final report of the 2019 General Elections said there was a serious need to improve Nigeria’s electoral process.
Arena said the mission also observed that there was relatively low level of voter participation which she said showed the need for fundamental electoral reform.
” Such reform needs political leadership that is dedicated to the rights of Nigerian citizens, and an inclusive process of national dialogue involving state institutions, parties, civil society and the media.
“This needs to be urgently undertaken to allow time for debate, legislative changes and implementation in advance of the next elections,” she said.
Arena who said the EU final report contained 30 recommendations to improve future electoral processes in Nigeria, said there was need to address systemic failure in the elections.
The EU Chief Observer highlighted ‘systemic failure’ in the operations of the Independent National Electoral Commission and recommended improved transparency in the commissions activities.
Other recommendations include, strengthening INEC’s procedures for the collation of results to improve integrity and confidence in electoral outcomes and establishment of requirement in law for full results transparency, with data made easily accessible to the public.
According to Arena, the mission also stressed the need for considerable strengthening of lNEC’s organisational and operational capacity, as well as its internal communication.
The EU is also recommending the enactment of a law that would stipulate a minimum representation of women among candidates.
The mission, she said also stressed the need for electoral tribunals to also cover pre-election cases in order to improve access to remedy and to avoid petitions being taken to different courts at the same time.