EU Presidency statement on the elections in Nigeria
The Presidency has noted with concern reports of irregularities and of the use of violence in some regions of Nigeria during the presidential and parliamentary elections yesterday (Saturday).
These incidents have given rise to concerns that not all Nigerians entitled to vote really were able to do so freely and without fear.
The Presidency will carefully examine the final report of the EU election observers as well as of the EU Embassies. The Presidency calls upon the Nigerian Government to ensure that there are no doubts abut the credibility of the election results.
EU Presidency statement on the elections in Nigeria on 21 April
The EU Presidency regards the federal elections due to be held in the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 21 April as especially important, not only for the further development of Africa’s most populous country but also for the entire region. A democratic election process free of disruptions is a guarantee of peace and progress on our neighbouring continent.
Following the elections of 14 April in Nigeria’s 36 federal states, there are still doubts and uncertainties concerning the state of preparations for the federal elections on 21 April.
If the federal elections scheduled for this coming Saturday go off in an orderly, transparent and credible manner, this would provide the pluralistic and free democratic order in Nigeria with strong impetus.
The EU Presidency calls upon the authorities responsible for organizing these elections, as well as all participating parties, to help ensure that the elections are peaceful, fair and transparent.