Nigeria gets €26.5m from EU to prosecute 2019 polls
Nigeria has been granted €26.5m by the European Union to help support the electoral processes of the 2019 general elections.
The EU yesterday in Abuja formally launched the Support Programme to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) with the grant aimed at promoting transparent, inclusive and credible elections in the country.
Mr Ketil Karlsen, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) who made the disclosure emphasized that the objective of the EU-SDGN was to contribute to reinforcement of democracy in Nigeria through building strong, effective and legitimate democratic institutions.
“The EU continues to partner with Nigeria in the on-going reform process with a view to strengthening the capacity to conduct well-managed elections with ample participation of all Nigerians. For this to happen, all must contribute, from the key institutions to the political parties, candidates, media and civil society.
“Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Nigeria is at a pivotal moment that allows the country to take important steps to consolidate democracy and strengthen the electoral process,” he said.
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu while commending the EU for the gesture said it had registered over 70 million voters and expecting to register another 10 million before the commencement of the polls in February 2019.