President Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja expressed confidence in the readiness of Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to Conduct a free, fair and credible election this year.
He spoke while receiving the European Union Observer Mission (EOM) to Nigeria ahead of the elections starting in February. Buhari said that he was impressed by the preparations made by INEC, and was optimistic that the electoral body would deliver on its mandate of a credible poll.
Receiving the EOM, led by the Chief Observer and member of the European Parliament, Maria Arena, at the State House, the President said he had listened earlier in the day, to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, when he briefed the National Council of State.
“I am happy and impressed with the briefing he gave. I hope that the confidence he exuded and the intellect he brought to bear on the Report will be justified at the end of the day,” Buhari said.
The President told the EU delegation that Nigeria had continued to improve its electoral system year on year. “Having participated in elections four times in the past, I would say that since 2015, technology has helped the credibility of our elections,” he said.
The President thanked the delegation for taking interest in Nigeria’s elections.
The EOM team, accompanied by Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, Head, European Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said that the EU had observed every election in Nigeria since 1999, and had come here again for the next one, following an invitation by INEC.
The delegation promised impartiality and neutrality in the monitoring of the elections.
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