The European Union today re-affirmed its commitment to supporting 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), is a €26.5m initiative. It is funded under the 11th European Development Programme (EDF), over a five year period.
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. Inclusive, participatory and transparent elections are a pre-requisite for a strong democracy.
“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 European Union continues to partner with Nigeria in the on-going reform process with a view to strengthening the capacity to conduct well-managed elections and 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,” said Ambassador. Ketil Karlsen, Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS.
The project will be anchored in the priorities identified by the Nigerian government. It also builds on the recommendations of the European Union Election Observation Mission made after the 2015 general elections as well as those of the EU expert Identification and Formulation Mission to Nigeria. More specifically, it will focus on five thematic areas of support:
- Improved quality of electoral administration in Nigeria;
- Effective discharge of legislative function in compliance with democratic principles and standards;
- Enhanced pluralism, tolerance, internal democracy and equality of opportunity of political parties and the political party system;
- Fair, accurate and ethical coverage of the electoral process by the media, including radio and social media and
- Women, Youths and Marginalized Citizens; Civil Society Organisations and other relevant agencies contributing to enhance the electoral process.
The programme is to be implemented by ten partners, including; The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Institute of Media and Society (IMS), International Press Centre (IPC), BBC Media Action, Albino Foundation, Cleen Foundation and the Westminster Foundation For Democracy.
For more information please contact:
EU Delegation Press Officer: Mr Modestus Chukwulaka
Phone: +234 9 4617800/7, mobile phone: 0803 311 3017 .