The European Union, EU, has re-affirmed its commitment to support Nigeria’s electoral process with a 26.5 million Euros grant.
In a report published by the Punch, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen, made this known on Monday at the launch of the EU Support Programme to
Democratic Governance in Nigeria, EU-SDGN.
The EU-SDGN support programme, was conceived under the National Indicative Programme 2014 – 2020 and funded through the 11th European Development Fund,11th EDF.
It is aimed at consolidating democracy in Nigeria.
Although the basic indicators for the project derive from the recommendations of the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) report on the 2015 General
Elections, several national figures made significant input to its formulation.
Karlsen said that the electoral process is aimed at promoting transparent, inclusive and credible elections and would be funded over a period of five years.
“The overall objective of the EU-SDGN is to contribute to the reinforcement of democracy in Nigeria through building strong, effective and legitimate democratic institutions.
“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.
“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.’’
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