We Have Spent €80 Million To Fund Nigeria’s Election Since 1999-EU

By Ikenga Chronicles December 16, 2016

The European Union(EU) on Friday disclosed that the union has committed about €80 million since the return of democracy in 1999,to Nigeria’s electoral process.

Pauline Torehall, Head of Politics, Information and Communication section of the European Union delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, disclosed this at a media workshop in Abuja.

Torehall said this was in the form of technical support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),‎ the National Assembly, political parties, the media and civil society organisations.

“In specific relation to INEC, the EU through a long standing partnership with INEC since 1999, have tried to promote the following: strengthen INEC’s strategic planning, policy framework and operational capacity and systems; enhance INEC’s capacity for efficient internal communication, including transmission system, and engagement mechanisms with stakeholders.

The support was geared towards the following;

improve the quality of INEC’s periodic voter registration system and
strengthen the quality of the register of voters; support INEC  in drafting
legislative proposals for electoral reform, new constituency delimitation,
and increase number of polling stations (and) ensure INEC polling station
staff are better trained” she stated.

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