In advance of the general elections in 2023, the European Union (EU) has established the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Nigeria.
At a press conference, Barry Andrews, a member of the European Parliament and the Chief Observer of the EU EOM, made the announcement about the beginning of the election observation mission.
Since 1999, the EU has sent seven election observation missions to Nigeria. These elections are very important to the EU, according to Andrews.
He pleaded with the Nigerian government, candidates, and political parties to make sure that there is no election-related violence and that the general elections be peaceful.
The 2022 Electoral Act, which features new measures adopted to improve several parts of the electoral process, will be monitored by the EU EOM as part of its overall review.
Following an invitation from Nigeria’s election watchdog, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the EU deployed the EU EOM.
The EU EOM is independent in its findings from EU Member States and all EU institutions, and it has a separate and distinct mandate from the EU Delegation in Nigeria.