On Friday, 6 November 2020, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) unveiled two important documents: the 2019 General Election Report and the Report of the Commission’s Retreats and Stakeholder Engagements arising from the Review of the 2019 General Election. ECES' support was facilitated within the framework of the EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) programme.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who unveiled the two documents at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, explained that the 13-Chapter Report “examines in detail the key activities, preparations and challenges associated with the conduct of the 2019 General Election, ranging from registration of new political parties, conduct of continuous voter registration, monitoring of party primaries, candidate nomination process and party campaigns, the recruitment and training of ad-hoc staff and the accreditation of election observers and party agents”.
Also in his remarks, he appreciated the partnership of the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems ( IFES) for supporting the review of the 2019 General Election as well as the post-election review exercises and printing of the reports. The two organisations, along with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, have also supported the Commission in other ways, including the printing of the Commission’s Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020), Voter Code of Conduct (2020) and Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Security Personnel on Electoral Duty (2020) all of which have already been publicly disseminated.
The INEC Chairman expressed the hope that the two documents would make useful contributions in helping the public understand the issues and challenges associated with the 2019 general election and also serve as resource materials for research.