2015 General Elections: EU advise INEC on strategy to improve electoral process in Nigeria
The Chief Observer, European Union Election Observer Mission, Santiago Fisas Ayxela has advised that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), be legally empowered to enable it deal with electoral violators.
Briefing Newsmen in Abuja today, the Chief Election Observer explained that one reason electoral processes in Nigeria have not tremendously improved was due to the fact that investigations were never carried out to expose and punish individuals who were engaged in manipulation and violence during election periods.
Ayxela also pointed out that the Nigerian Electoral Commission was never empowered to as well disqualify erring party or candidates, adding that INEC has only been concerned with finding solutions to challenges caused by some technicalities.
The EU Election Chief Observer who commended Nigerians for their dogged stand for democracy during the 2015 general elections said the success of the election was another historic feat in the history of Nigerian democracy since transition from Military to Civilian rule.
He added that the defeat of the incumbent, irrespective of so much manipulations and abuse of power will stand as example to other African Countries.
Speaking extensively on the past election, He pointed out that the 2015 general elections were characterized with violence and excessive use of hate speech by the PDP and APC Parties; while Federal and State owned media including some private Medias engaged in unethical practices as far as journalism is concerned.
He said, “the campaign was extremely competitive and tensed, incidence of election related violence was reported in all parts of the country; increasing use of inflammatory language and hate speech, violation of campaign regulations were reported in all parts of the country with both PDP and APC Representative misusing the power of Incumbency both at Federal and State levels.”
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