A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) will formally present the final report of the 2015 general elections to the Nigerian authorities on July 15.
The Head, Political Governance and Democracy, European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Alan Munday, disclosed this while donating equipment to 13 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) yesterday in Abuja.
Munday said that the equipment worth N16 million was donated to Nigeria by the election observation mission in collaboration with Indra, a private company.
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“Observers visited a significant number of polling units and collation centres in 15 States and the Federal Capital Territory throughout Nigeria to observe voting and counting.
“The EU EOM remained in-country to observe post-election developments and the tabulation of results.
“The mission will be formally concluded with the return to Nigeria in mid-July by the Chief Election Observer, Santiago Fisas and his Deputy.
“They will have meetings with Nigerian authorities and the presentation of the final report in Abuja probably on July 15 or 16,” he said.
He said that the equipment being donated were state-of-the-art equipment, which the mission depended on for supported for about three to four months in Nigeria.
The items include 60 laptops, 27 printers, 55 cellular phones and a considerable number of other equipment, including bed nets and some basic medical kits.
Munday said that as was the usual practice following EOM, European Commission and Indra agreed that Nigeria should benefit from the equipment at the end of the mission as donation.
He said that since the EO Mission was now drawing to an end, the EU Delegation, following the request of Indra, discussed at length how to dispose the items.
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