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2023: INEC invites international organizations for election monitoring

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has invited interested international organisations across the world to come and observe Nigeria’s 2023 general elections.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made the call when he received the delegation of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Pre-Election Fact Finding Mission to Nigeria.

The group was led by Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, former Chairman, of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, at the commission headquarters on Monday in Abuja.

The INEC chairman disclosed that it was a demonstration of the commission’s openness and ritual to receive international observers.

“Election Observation is an important part of ensuring transparency and credibility in elections. We have always benefited from the insight of election observation missions.

The chairman assured the ECOWAS that Nigeria’s 2023 general elections would be technology driven.

“Let me restate the commitment of INEC Nigeria to free, fair and credible elections driven by technology.

“The 2023 general election in Nigeria will be driven by technology not only as a matter of legal requirement but also as a matter of course, for us in the commission.

“So, I want to assure the ECOWAS team that we are committed to delivering a credible election in the next four months and a few days, which will be Nigeria’s seventh successive elections, since the restoration of democracy in 1999,’’ Yakubu said.

Yakubu, who commended ECOWAS for its commitment to credible elections in Nigeria, said it was the first to arrive in Nigeria for the election.

“ECOWAS has demonstrated that seriousness and commitment to ensuring that we get right electorally in this region in the next few weeks, I’m sure many more organizations will come.

Yakubu also stressed the need to restore democratic government in all West African countries including Mali, Burkina and Guinea.

 

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