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INEC, EU Parley on 2015 Elections

Attahiru Jega, INEC ChairmanAs the 2015 general elections draw nearer, the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega yesterday commended the European Union (EU) previous election observation missions, just as the commission expressed willingness to receive pre-election midterm review report.
In the same manner, the European Union want INEC to disclose areas of assistance from the EU Observer Mission.
Jega who spoke yesterday when he received Ambassador of European Union to Nigeria, Michel Arrion at the commission office in Abuja, said  previous election observer missions have been very beneficial to the commission, adding that INEC has studied the reports and did its best to implement many of the very good recommendation contained in the report.
With regard to areas of support, Jega appreciated the EU to the joint donor basket fund, saying it has gone a long way to support democracy, governance and developmental project in general.
The INEC Chairman encouraged the EU to support those processes which INEC has found beneficial, explaining that as 2015 approaches, outside the basket fund, there was call for additional collaboration and cooperation in a number of areas especially in the area of voter education.
Development partners according to Jega can find intervention in the information dissemination exercise, stressing that Television and Radio were very expensive venture for the commission.
“If there are other areas where challenges have been noticed and where there are suggestions, they can be addressed, we will be delighted to get the suggestions” he said.
Lamenting over recent media report on the activities of the commission Jega said “I call for media training, for responsible reporting to strengthen professionalism and ethical conduct”
He noted that INEC will increase interaction and relationship and exchange of information to develop competence and professionalism, saying the EU support will be welcome.
Earlier the EU ambassador to Nigeria stated that the meeting was a follow up to a recent meeting held with INEC on the electoral process, pointing out that the meeting was to build up on the various issues discussed in the past.
“We will like to have an exchange on the various missions that we are planning from the members of the European parliament and possible new mission for the next elections.
“Secondly, defending the whole process, to check to what extent we can be of any assistance within the current framework and provide additional support” Arrion added.

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