2019 Elections: 20 European Union Observation Misson in Nigeria

An electoral member of staff explains how to vote to voters after the scheduled opening voting time for the Presidential and General election at a polling station in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, on February 23, 2019. – Nigerians began voting for a new president on February 23. after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

The European Union Electoral Observation Misson in Lagos says it has 20 teams currently monitoring the process of the general election across the country.

The European mission representatives in Lagos, Mrs Cecilia Eueom and Mr Mathias Zohoren disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the monitoring at the Ward 1, Unit 013, Anifowose, Ikeja.

The EU observation team satisfied with the first process said that they would stay around to monitor other polling units.

Mrs Cecilia Eueom told NAN that the role of the mission was not just limited to observation of the polls but also see the process of the elections.

“We are part of the European Union Observation Mission in Nigeria, and we are 20 teams in the country today. We are posted to Lagos.

”In Abuja, we have four teams and we have arrived Nigeria since the third week of January; we will be here until the gubernatorial elections are concluded.

“Our own role is not just for the election day, but also to see the process of the election days. This is the start of the long day,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mrs Adelu more, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Presiding Officer, Ikeja Collation Centre, said that the centre had fulfil all the logistics requirements for the elections.

“We are set and all the election materials have been distributed to the wards as at yesterday evening.

“What we are doing now is monitoring the free flow of the process,” she said.

NAN reports that the Ikeja environs are calm at the time of visit as election materials are already on ground at the visited polling units such as Ward 1, Units 011,014, 015 and 030

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