Monday, 26 January 2015

We won't go to North-East Nigeria, the EU Election Observatopm Team says.

Due to high insecurity situation engineered by Boko Haram evasion in the North - Eastern States of Nigeria, the Head of the European Election Observation Mission to Nigeria, Santiago Ayxela, said The EU team will not be monitoring the forthcoming elections in the north eastern part of the country.

According to the Nation, He told journalists in Abuja after a closed- door meeting with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari , that they will deploy people close to the area and also rely on their contacts in the area for better information.

He said that the team which was constituted to observe the elections in Nigeria was put in place in November 2014 and will be active until April. Continue
He said further that responsibility of the team is not restricted to election day activities alone but the entire electoral process beginning with the conduct of the primaries by the various political parties and compliance with the provisions of the law among other things.

He said, “First, I want to thank Gen. Buhari for the opportunity to have this interview here. The European Election Mission is a big mission. It is a mission that  in November and will be in place till mid April. What happened on the election day is not only the problem.

“It is what happened during and within a space of time, how their primaries were done, how the law has been complied with, the propaganda, activities of the media and any possible claims after the elections. That is our role and not just to follow up the days of election. This is a very big country with so many inhabitants and so, it is not possible to cover everything. I can’t tell you that we will cover all the wards either for this election or for any other election.

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