The European Union (EU) has deployed a high-level election observation mission to monitor the General Elections in Nigeria.
Mr Federica Mogherini, High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and Vice-President of the EU Commission, made the announcement in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Mogherini said that EU had appointed Maria Arena as the Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the elections scheduled for Feb. 16 and March 2.
He disclosed that the deployment of the observation mission followed an invitation by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He said the EU had consistently followed electoral processes and deployed an EOM to Nigeria’s general elections since 1999, reflecting its long-term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country.
“As Africa’s largest economy and a key political and economic player in West Africa, Nigeria is an important partner for the EU.
“The EU is committed to supporting Nigeria’s path towards stronger democracy and further political stability, building on the 2015 General Elections.
“I am confident that the deployment of an EU EOM, under the leadership of Chief Observer Maria Arena, will contribute to an inclusive and transparent electoral process,’’ he said