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How Lawan and Gbajabiamila reacted to the European Union 2019 General Elections report and recommendations

Ahmed Lawan

Ahmed Lawan, the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has promised that the National Assembly under his leadership would ensure a quick passage of the Electoral Act amendments.

“We will be quick to address all the grey areas and come up with better inputs before the next general elections,” Lawan said.

The senate president stated this when he received a delegation of the European Union Elections Observation Mission (EU EOM) in his office. He further added that the recommendations in its report would be implemented to ensure a better 2023 general elections.

Naija Buzz had reported how the EU EOM in its report on the 2019 General Election revealed that the polls were “marked by severe operational and transparency shortcomings, electoral security problems and low turnout.”

The EU EOM added that there were; “Inconsistent numbers during collation, “lack of clear checks and explanations, and insufficient public information undermined the integrity of the elections.

Mr. Lawan further urged the EU EOM to help the National Assembly in its desire to make the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continue to be truly independent.

The EU group also visited the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The Speaker in his statement noted that the country is interested in getting its democratic process right.

“We assure the EU of our readiness to work more closely to achieve the best results possible for the Nigerian people. We promise to ensure there remains a harmonious working relationship between Nigeria and the European Union,” the Speaker said.

Femi Gbajabiamila
Femi Gbajabiamila

The EU EOM gave 30 recommendations for reforms to ensure better future elections. Among these 30, 7 are critical.

The critical 7 are; to ensure a more robust way to check results of polls, a stronger transparent voting process, a better operational reform of INEC, security coordination in elections, involvement of women in electoral process.

The group also recommended that Election Tribunals should cover election processes so that they could be adequately informed when handling post-election petitions.

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