The Presidency has welcomed the report of the European Union (EU) on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, promising to analyse it fully and act on the recommendations in the very best interest of the nation.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made this stand known on Saturday in a statement in Abuja.
Shehu divulged that the EU observers were welcomed to the country by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as well as welcomed by the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He specified that this action was a clear indicator of the administration’s good objectives, commitment to a pure democratic process as well as wish to improve on the next elections.
The statement read as follows: “The administration of President Buhari will work with all Nigerian citizens, state institutions, parties, civil society, the media and other experts to make sure that the improvements recommended by the EU are implemented, and that these areas of concern are addressed.
”It is noteworthy that INEC is in receipt of a number of recommendations that form a part of the EU report.
”The Presidency assures that the Commission is in safe hands and happy that they are currently engaged in root and branch reviews of the 2019 general elections and will input lessons learned into its recommendations for electoral and constitutional reforms.
”We believe that the commission conducted a good election and will continue to improve on its processes and procedures,” he said.
While showing regret that the elections in a few parts of the country witnessed some violence among other shortcomings highlighted by the EU, Shehu stated, however, that none of these drawbacks influenced the general result of the elections.
The statement continued, ”Thankfully, EU did not question the results of the presidential election.
”This is further proof that the polls reflected the overall will of Nigerians, and that the world is solidly behind the election of President Buhari for a second term.”
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