Nigeria needs to embark on serious electoral reforms- EU Observers

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Days after the conclusion of the general elections, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has said there is a real need for serious reforms in Nigeria.

Chief Observer, Maria Arena MEP, said this during a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

According to her, the need for the reforms is as a result of the “systemic failings and electoral security problems of the last few weeks and months”.

While Arena noted that compared to the Presidential election, there were operational improvements in the governorship and state assembly elections of March 9, she believes it was still overshadowed by a “troubling electoral security environment, abuse of incumbency and institutional failings”.

This, according to her, may have resulted in the low voter turnout witnessed during the elections.

She described it as disappointing that only a small portion of “what is by far and away Africa’s largest electorate actually cast a vote on both election days”.

She, therefore, stated that the EU backs the call by civil society organisations that there is an urgent need to restore faith in the electoral process.

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