The European Union has pledged continuous support to Nigeria’s electoral process with the launch of a programme aimed at promoting transparent, inclusive and credible elections in the country.
The programme tagged EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) Phase II, is a €39m initiative. funded under the EU’s Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument, for over five years.
The body made the disclosure in a press statement.
According to the EU, the overall objective of the EU-SDGN is to foster a functioning pluralistic, inclusive, participatory and representative democracy in Nigeria. Inclusive, participatory and transparent elections are a pre-requisite for a strong democracy.
Ms Samuela Isopi, Ambassador of the EU to Nigeria and ECOWAS. Mentioned that
“Ahead of the 2023 General Election, Nigeria is at a pivotal moment that allows the country to take important steps to consolidate democracy and strengthen the electoral process. The European Union continues to partner with Nigeria in the ongoing reform process to strengthen 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 and candidates, from media to civil society,” she added.
The Ambassador said the project will be anchored in the priorities identified by the Nigerian government.
“It also builds on the lessons learned from the implementation of phase I of the programme (2017-2022), and the recommendations of the EU Election Observation Mission made after the 2019 General Election as well as those of the EU Election Follow-up Mission to Nigeria. More specifically, it will focus on six thematic areas of support”, she added.