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EU did not question results of 2019 polls — Presidency

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The Presidency has welcomed the report of the European Union (EU) on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria but noted that the union did not question the outcome of the election. However, in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity) following the release […]

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The Presidency has welcomed the report of the European Union (EU) on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria but noted that the union did not question the outcome of the election.

However, in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity) following the release of EU’s final report on the election, he promised that government will analyse it fully and act on the recommendations.

It said: “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 noted that the EU observers had been invited to the country by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and welcomed by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

It maintained that 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 observed that the EU had noted in their report that there were marked improvements from previous elections, although stating that more work needed to be done.

The Presidency added: “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 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 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.”

 

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Alleged sex-for-marks scandal in EKSU: Varsity investigates claims, queries lecturer https://tribuneonlineng.com/218954/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 20:01:45 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218954 Tribune Online
Alleged sex-for-marks scandal in EKSU: Varsity investigates claims, queries lecturer

The Management of Ekiti State University,(EKSU), Ado Ekti says it has begun investigations into allegation of sexual misconduct involving one of its lecturers, Dr O.O Aduwo. Mr Bode Olofinmuagun  the Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs of the institution. in a satement he signed in Ado Ekiti on Saturday, said that the university had […]

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The Management of Ekiti State University,(EKSU), Ado Ekti says it has begun investigations into allegation of sexual misconduct involving one of its lecturers, Dr O.O Aduwo.

Mr Bode Olofinmuagun  the Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs of the institution. in a satement he signed in Ado Ekiti on Saturday, said that the university had also queried the lecturer concerned.

” The attention of the management of Ekiti State University has been drawn to a video that has gone viral on an alleged sex scandal involving one of our lecturers.

“The video allegedly fingered one Dr O. O. Aduwo of the Department of Accounting as the culprit and query has been issued to the accused lecturer, to state his own side of the story.

“This will  be followed by a panel which would to dig deep into the matter,” he said.

Olofinmuagun said that university would not condone any act of sexual harassment in the University.

‘And as such,it issued query to the concerned lecturer to defend himself of the allegation as a first step in the spirit of due process.

“Thereafter, a panel of investigation will be constituted to get to the root of the matter, while the findings of the panel will be made public.

” The general public is hereby assured that management will continue to be transparent and will not allow such a matter that could smear its good image to be swept under the carpet.”

The lecturer was allegedly caught pants down a couple of days ago, trying to have canal knowledge of one of his students, (name withheld), as a condition to pass her examinations.

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We will rely on Agric to turn around Oyo’s fortunes ― Makinde https://tribuneonlineng.com/218924/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 19:16:54 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218924 Tribune Online
We will rely on Agric to turn around Oyo’s fortunes ― Makinde

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Oyo state Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has declared that his government would rely heavily on a turn around of the Agriculture sector to actualise accelerated development of the state in the next four years. The Governor, who was speaking at a wedding ceremony in Eruwa, said that his Government would revive the farm settlements and […]

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Oyo state Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has declared that his government would rely heavily on a turn around of the Agriculture sector to actualise accelerated development of the state in the next four years.
The Governor, who was speaking at a wedding ceremony in Eruwa, said that his Government would revive the farm settlements and leverage on the agricultural value chain to turn the fortunes of the state around.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said that the state intended to use agric as a point of contact for development.
He said: “For accelerated development of Oyo State in the next four years, we intend to use Agriculture as a point of contact.
“Special attention will also be given to Ibarapaland. I can see that there is a Farm Settlement in this place. It’s about 5, 800 hectares of land. We will revive it  we will give special attention to reviving the Farm settlements.”
The Governor also said that his government will take full advantage of the agricultural value chain so as to bring desired benefits to the government and the people.
While speaking on infrastructure development, the Governor assured the people of Ibarapaland that his government would compete the Ibadan/Eruwa road which was left uncompleted by the immediate past government.
He said: “while on my way here, I saw that the last administration had done the road halfway. We will complete the road. It will not become an abandoned project.”
Governor Makinde said that he holds Ibarapaland in high esteem as Eruwa was the first location he would visit outside Ibadan since he was sworn- in as Governor.
“I hold Ibarapaland in very high esteem and you will discover that this is the first place I am visiting outside Ibadan after I was sworn-in. It shows the love between me and Ibarapaland and the love will keep growing.
“In 2015 when I contested and of course I lost the election, it was only Ibarapa East that I won a Ward. It must be that Ibarapa land and Ibarapa people are dear to my heart.
“Last Monday, your son, Debo Ogundoyin emerged the number three citizen of Oyo State. I pray he will use that position for the good of Ibarapaland and for Oyo state in general.”

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Osun Rep, Bamidele Salam, offers jobs to persons with disabilities https://tribuneonlineng.com/218931/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 19:16:37 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218931 Tribune Online
Osun Rep, Bamidele Salam, offers jobs to persons with disabilities

House Representatives member representing Ede North, Ede South, Egbedore and Ejigbo Federal constituency of Osun in the National Assembly, Hon Bamidele Salam has given automatic employment to four persons with disability to work as part of the staff in his constituency office. Hon Salam made the announcement at a luncheon he hosted in honour of […]

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House Representatives member representing Ede North, Ede South, Egbedore and Ejigbo Federal constituency of Osun in the National Assembly, Hon Bamidele Salam has given automatic employment to four persons with disability to work as part of the staff in his constituency office.

Hon Salam made the announcement at a luncheon he hosted in honour of persons with disability in his constituency.

The federal lawmaker said persons with disabilities are important segment of the society who should be well catered for by government and private citizens.

He promised to initiate programmes to create job opportunities and encourage skills acquisition for the less privileged in his constituency.

Hon Salam said the offer of employment to four persons with disability, as well as the luncheon in their honour, is a way of appreciating God for granting him the grace to serve the people as a member of the House of Representatives.

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In his response, the Coordinator for the Association of Persons with disability in Ede Zone, Mr Olanrewaju Oladosu, commended Hon Bamidele Salam for hosting them.

While recalling that Hon Salam was the first Local Government Chairman to offer employment to persons with disability in 2008, Mr Oladosu prayed that God will make the tenure of the Federal lawmaker a huge success.

The programme which was held as part of activities marking the inauguration of Hon Salam as a member of the House of Representatives, also featured presentation of gifts to persons with disability from the four local governments in the constituency.

 

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Makinde commiserates with victims of Aperin Market fire, vows to find cause https://tribuneonlineng.com/218923/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:54:24 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218923 Tribune Online
Makinde commiserates with victims of Aperin Market fire, vows to find cause

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has received with sadness news of the fire incident at Aperin market, in Ibadan the state capital. The Governor, in a statement made available to newsmen by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, commiserated with the victims of the fire incident, saying that his government would get to the […]

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has received with sadness news of the fire incident at Aperin market, in Ibadan the state capital.
The Governor, in a statement made available to newsmen by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, commiserated with the victims of the fire incident, saying that his government would get to the roots of the sad incident.
The statement reads: “I condole with the market men and women who lost their valuables to the fire incident. It saddens me to hear this is happening at a time we are putting heads together to expand the economy of this state and put more money in the pockets of our people.
“It is particularly painful that the incident happened in the dead of the night when many of the shop owners were far asleep. I learnt that many shops that were recently stocked were affected.
“Please take heart as we take measures to forestall such occurrences.”
The Governor also vowed to get to the roots of the incident, adding that devastating fire incidents of such will not be allowed to happen anywhere in the state.
He further said: “Let me assure market leaders, market men and women, especially those affected by the Aperin fire incident to be rest assured that the government of Oyo state will not abandon them to their fate at this time. “We will not only unravel the cause of the fire but will also ensure that we do what is within our powers to support the victims of the incident.”

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Lagos to become technology talent hub ― Hamzat https://tribuneonlineng.com/218855/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 16:37:05 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218855 Tribune Online
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The Lagos State Government on Saturday said it was positioning the state as a technology talent hub for the world through training and job placement. The Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said this at an Engineering Summit Africa, organised by the engineering students of Lagos State University (LASU) in Lagos. The theme of the summit […]

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The Lagos State Government on Saturday said it was positioning the state as a technology talent hub for the world through training and job placement.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said this at an Engineering Summit Africa, organised by the engineering students of Lagos State University (LASU) in Lagos.

The theme of the summit is, “Engineering, Technology and Economic Growth: A Global View”.

Hamzat said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration was convinced that an easy way to boost the Lagos economy was to invest in engineering, technology and innovation.

According to him, the state government is aware that there is a skill deficiency in Africa, and the Sanwo-Olu’s administration is willing to close it with talents in Lagos.

“Any responsible government will be alarmed by the number of youth unemployment and make sure it is a top priority.

“This is why we are speaking with the private sector now on positioning Lagos as a technology talent pipeline for the world through training and job placement.

“Our plan is to train 1,000 youths (working population) on how to code every year and produce entry and intermediate level skills set for the world to recruit from.

“Lagos can reinvent itself; we can be the largest exporter of engineers and or technology.

“We can be the largest software exporter in the world; we can as well be the largest health technology developer. We can do it if we are all invested and proactive,” he said.

Hamzat, who was represented by Mr Radaq Ajala, Chairman, Odi-Olowo Local Council Development Area, Musin, lamented that globally, engineering appeared to be experiencing skills shortage.

ALSO READ: Large number of political parties created logistics problem during 2019 elections ― INEC

According to him, the type of engineering that students are studying does not always match the type of engineers required by specific countries.

“There is a great deal of existing literature that questions the quality of engineering degrees from some universities, suggesting that graduates do not have the right skills and experience to secure engineering employment.

“Many have highlighted the insufficient level of training for engineers in Africa which acts as a constraint on the advancement of engineering on the continent.

“The shortages of engineers in different disciplines across the world highlights the importance of ensuring that the right talent and skills are available in the sector,” he said.

Mr Jamiu Ijaodola, Executive Director, Engineering Summit Africa, said the programme was organised to share ideas on how engineering could develop various sectors of the country’s economy.

According to him, the engineering profession is a repository of knowledge, technology and experience of key economic importance and it is vital to ongoing economic growth and development.

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Large number of political parties created logistics problem during 2019 elections ― INEC https://tribuneonlineng.com/218851/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 16:28:14 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218851 Tribune Online
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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the large number of political parties that participated in the 2019 general elections created a lot of logistics problem. Malam Mohammed Haruna, the National Commissioner in charge of Kwara, Kogi and Nasarawa States, said this on Saturday in Ilorin while speaking with journalists. The News Agency of […]

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the large number of political parties that participated in the 2019 general elections created a lot of logistics problem.

Malam Mohammed Haruna, the National Commissioner in charge of Kwara, Kogi and Nasarawa States, said this on Saturday in Ilorin while speaking with journalists.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC organised a workshop in Kwara to review the 2019 general elections.

According to the National Commissioner, there were 799 litigations from the 2019 general elections across the country.

He said that Jigawa had no petition from the election, Kwara had only three petitions and that Imo topped the list with 77 petitions.

Haruna said that there were over 800 million pre-election cases across the country that arose from political parties’ primary elections.

“So you can see that with these kinds of problems we had, there is really a need to look at the number of political parties.

“We really need to do something about the 91 political parties, not just the quantity which generally speaking, the public has begun to complain that 93 political parties are on the high side,” he added.

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He noted that 76 political parties contested for the Presidential election, adding that this was the source of the serious logistics problem that the commission had.

“We underestimated the kind of logistical problem that implied the size of the ballot papers, result sheets and so on.

“By the time these materials started arriving, we realise that it was a huge logistical problem.

“We are lucky, we had the Nigerian Air Force to help with the movement of the materials, they have always been helping us,” Haruna said.

The commissioner said the Electoral Act and the Constitution have to be reviewed to curb the increasing number of political parties.

According to him, the Constitution and the Electoral Act made it easy for anybody to register a political party once the person has an office in Abuja and its executive officers that reflected the Federal Character.

Haruna said that the workshop was to review the 2019 general election to see what went wrong, and how to make sure that similar mistakes are not repeated in future elections.

He said the review would help the commission to do better during off-season elections coming up in Bayelsa and Kogi later in the year.

In his remark, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami, said the workshop was mainly to review the activities of the last election and proffer solutions to identified lapses.

Madami, who was represented by the Administrative Secretary, Mr Martins Borris Chiroma, advised participants to contribute meaningfully to the sessions.

“We want to receive inputs from you that will help INEC to overcome challenges identified during the last general elections,” he said.

NAN reports that the workshop was attended by Electoral Officers, Assistant Electoral Officers (AEO) in charge of Operations and RAC from the 16 local government areas of the state.

The Presiding/Returning/Collation officers that took part in the 2019 elections in the state attended the workshop.

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Army arraign three officers, 11 soldiers accused of murder, kidnapping https://tribuneonlineng.com/218849/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 16:22:32 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218849 Tribune Online
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The Nigerian Army said on Saturday it has begun proceedings to court-martial 14 officers and soldiers accused of murder, kidnapping and desertion, among other criminal offences. Inaugurating the court proceedings in Port Harcourt, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, said the suspects were officers and soldiers of the division. […]

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The Nigerian Army said on Saturday it has begun proceedings to court-martial 14 officers and soldiers accused of murder, kidnapping and desertion, among other criminal offences.

Inaugurating the court proceedings in Port Harcourt, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, said the suspects were officers and soldiers of the division.

Sarham said the General Court Martial was convened in compliance to Section 131 of the Armed Forces Act guiding the professional conduct of the nation’s military.

“The offences for which the accused persons are being tried range from murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, desertion.

“Others are offences in relation to public and service property, disobedience to standing orders and conducts to the prejudice to service discipline.

“All the offences are punishable under the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004,” he said.

The GOC said the army has zero tolerance to indiscipline, adding that it would never shield any personnel, no matter how highly placed from the law.

He said the armed forces hold personnel in high esteem, and as such, would not put personnel on trial unless the matter was thoroughly investigated.

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According to him, the trial was not only aimed at prosecuting the suspects but to discourage others from indulging in criminality.

“To this end, each accused person was thoroughly investigated to ensure that an innocent person is not wrongly tried and punished.

“The headquarters 6 division has painstakingly selected credible officers with in-depth knowledge and outstanding experience of military law and duties as members of the court-martial to ensure fair hearing and justice.”

Sarham urged the seven-man court-martial panel led by its President, Brig.-Gen. Bassey Etuk, to ensure that the accused persons are given fair trial.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused personnel are made up of three officers and 11 soldiers, including a major, two captains, two staff sergeants and one sergeant, among other ranks.

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Kaduna: PDP to present 685 witnesses as governorship tribunal adjourns to June 17 https://tribuneonlineng.com/218847/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 16:13:01 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218847 Tribune Online
Kaduna: PDP to present 685 witnesses as governorship tribunal adjourns to June 17

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Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Saturday adjourned hearing in the main petition of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Monday, June 17. The Tribunal adjourned to allow the respondents in the petition time to study and verify documents, the petitioners presented as evidence before the Tribunal. Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Bako, […]

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Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Saturday adjourned hearing in the main petition of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Monday, June 17.

The Tribunal adjourned to allow the respondents in the petition time to study and verify documents, the petitioners presented as evidence before the Tribunal.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Bako, announced the adjournment at the resumed hearing in the main Petition of the PDP on Saturday in Kaduna.

Bako said the three respondents, Gov. Nasiru el-Rufai, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were not privy to the documents brought before the tribunal by the petitioners.

According to him, the respondents would need time to study the documents assembled by the petitioners to prepare their responses.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the PDP had assembled series of Certified True Copies (CTC) of documents comprising of INEC result sheets, voters’ registers used during the March 9 governorship poll in the state.

ALSO READ:2019 elections: INEC results collation process not transparent ― EU

Bako said, the Tribunal, on the adjourned date, would admit those petitioners’ documents certified by the three respondents as evidence, while those they disagreed on would be presented for argument by counsel to the parties.

Meanwhile, Counsel to the PDP, Elisha Kurah (SAN) told newsmen shortly after the adjournment, that the party had assembled 685 witnesses to testify within the two weeks given by the tribunal.

Kurah said the petitioners had all the needed documentary evidence and witnesses to prove their case before the Tribunal.

“And by the time the votes in the areas affected by violence, rigging and other irregularities are removed, the PDP and its candidate, Isah Ashiru would have majority votes in the March 9 poll,” he asserted.

The PDP and its governorship candidate are challenging the return of Gov. El-Rufai of the APC as declared by INEC.

The petitioners alleged that the March 9 governorship poll was characterised by irregularities, massive rigging and violence in some parts of the state.

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2019 elections: INEC results collation process not transparent ― EU https://tribuneonlineng.com/218824/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:48:59 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218824 Tribune Online
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EU EOM, INEC, 2019 elections

The European Union Election Observation Mission on the 2019 general elections formally unveiled its report and recommendations at the weekend in Abuja. The Chief Observer of the EU team, Maria Arena read to newsmen, excerpts of its reports which contained 30 recommendations to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Tribune Online findings revealed that the […]

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EU EOM, INEC, 2019 elections

The European Union Election Observation Mission on the 2019 general elections formally unveiled its report and recommendations at the weekend in Abuja.

The Chief Observer of the EU team, Maria Arena read to newsmen, excerpts of its reports which contained 30 recommendations to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Tribune Online findings revealed that the EU deployed over 91 observers to 261 polling units and 94 collation centres in 31 states of the Federation during the last Presidential and National Assembly elections.

It equally deployed 73 observers to 223 polling units and 81 collation centres in 22 states of the Federation for the Governorship, State Assembly and Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Area Council elections.

Giving its verdict on the election, the EU Chief Observer said the electoral process, from voting, collation and final declaration of results were not too transparent. She admonished the Commission “to strengthen collation of results transparently to inspire confidence in the process.”

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu in his prompt response said democracy was a work in progress and his Commission was determined to implement EU recommendations.

The EU observation in its report read in part: “Inconsistent numbers during collation, lack of clear checks and explanations, and insufficient public information undermined the integrity of the elections.

“Citizens did not have sufficient means to scrutinise results. INEC did not provide centralised information on the declared results for the different locations and has not posted complete results data on its website.

“Similarly, there is a lack of disaggregated results by LGA, ward or polling unit, which would allow for thorough checking of results.”

It recommended that “legal requirements be established for full results transparency, with data easily accessible to the public.

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“All results, including those from lower levels, be immediately displayed at collation centres. Results forms from all collation centres be scanned and published on the INEC website by the time of the declaration of final results. Results forms from all polling units be published before the deadline for submission of petitions against declared results.”

Expressing concern over the postponement of presidential and national assembly elections, “five hours before polling was due to start on February 16, the EU recommended “organisational and operational capacity within INEC be considerably strengthened. Improve the planning, tracking, and the required human and material resources for timely and accountable operations. In addition, improve internal communication within INEC.”

The EU Chief Observer, however, admitted: “that INEC worked in a difficult environment and made some improvements.” To strengthen Nigeria democracy, the EU called for a national dialogue involving state institutions, parties, civil society and the media.

She said: “This needs to be urgently undertaken to allow time for debate, legislative changes and implementation well in advance of the next elections.” She further noted that such national dialogue for future elections was imperative to instil sanity in the process before the next general elections.

Asked by newsmen if in her judgement the 2015 general elections were better than the 2019 exercise, Maria Arena. said it was difficult for her to pass judgement.

“It is difficult to say one election was better than the other. What we can say is that there is room for more transparency. We need to improve on the system and it is a problem if we aren’t seeing improvement. If we want to sustain democracy, there must be more transparency in the process.”

The INEC chairman said the full EU EOM report and recommendations would be useful for future elections.

“Indeed, the report is coming at the right time as it will feed into our ongoing review of the conduct of the elections.

“Let me assure you that the Commission will again quickly focus attention on the electoral legal framework in addition to several other areas of reform. We will study in detail all recommendations as part of our ongoing internal review of the 2019 general elections which we hope to conclude in the next two months.

“Immediately thereafter, we shall engage with the leadership of the 9th National Assembly on areas that require legislation while implementing aspects of the reform within the powers of the Commission in full consultation with stakeholders.”

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