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EU budgets €39m for Nigeria’s 2023 general elections

By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
12 September 2022   |   2:42 am
The European Union (EU) has earmarked €39 million euros (N17.94 billion) for the conduct of transparent, credible and inclusive 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The European Union (EU) has earmarked €39 million euros (N17.94 billion) for the conduct of transparent, credible and inclusive 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

EU Ambassador to Nigeria and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Samuela Isopi, stated this in Maiduguri, yesterday.

“This electoral project is funded under the EU’s Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument,” she said, adding that it would focus on six priority areas identified by the Nigerian government.

She said the priority areas include improvement in the quality of electoral administration and strengthening of capacities for legislative and judicial reforms.

The reforms, according to her, are in compliance with democratic principles and standards.

She explained that the democratic principles will dwell on enhancing pluralism, internal democracy and equality of opportunity in political parties and party systems.

She said the fund would be invested in civil society organisations to demand greater transparency and accountability in the electoral and decision-making process.