The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has cleared 88 observer groups, including 16 international bodies, to monitor next month’s general elections, starting with presidential and National Assembly elections on February 14.
The governorship and House of Assembly polls hold on February 28.
In a statement on Thursday, INEC said the approval of the 88 observer groups was sequel to their compliance with the requirements and guidelines issued by the Commission for accreditation of observers.
The international bodies accredited for the 2015 elections consist of diplomatic missions of nine countries in Nigeria, including those of United States, Switzerland, Britain, Germany, France, Japan, Republic of Ireland, Australia, and Canada.
Other non-state international bodies accredited for the elections are International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); International Republican Institute (IRI); National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; UN Women; European Union Delegation to Nigeria; ECOWAS Mission; and African Students Association of Ireland.
Prominent among the 72 accredited domestic observer groups are Transition Monitoring Group, TMG; New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD; Nigeria Bar Association, NBA; Police Service Commission; Centre for Democracy and Development; National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS; National Association of Women Journalist, NAWOJ etc.
The accredited groups are to obtain and complete form EPMC 02 for the elections from the Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters, Abuja, between 8am and 4pm from Monday to Friday, starting from January 15 to 26, said the statement.
The Commission requested the accredited observer groups compile the photographs of their members with the names and submit hard and soft copies to the commission before January 26, “in order to ensure prompt processing of ID cards.”
“Please note that distribution of observer kits (including ID cards for individual observers) will be done by the EPM Desk officers at INEC state offices between February 10 and 13, 2015,’” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Commission has emphasised that observer groups other than those listed found in the state for the elections shall be handed over to law enforcement agencies for prosecution. Also, accredited field observers found in the states other than where they are approved to go will equally be sanctioned, the Commission warned.
|1||New Partnership For Africa’s Development (NEPAD)||Local|
|2||Centre For Strategic Conflict Management (CSCM)||Local|
|3||Global Agenda For Total Emancipation (GATE)||Local|
|4||Citizens Right And Leadership Awareness Initiative||Local|
|5||Justice Development And Peace Commission (Catholic Caritas Foundation Of Nigeria)||Local|
|6||Fundamental Rights League International||Local|
|7||Police Service Commission||Local|
|8||Centre For Grassroot Development And Crime Prevention (CGDCP)||Local|
|9||Centre For Civic Education (Aka) Transition Monitoring Group (TMG)||Local|
|10||Centre For Policy Advocacy And Leadership Development (CPALD)||Local|
|12||Institute For Peace And Conflict Resolution||Local|
|13||Society For Equity, Justice And Peace||Local|
|14||Justice & Equity Organisation||Local|
|16||West African Network Of Election Observers (WANEO)||Local|
|17||National Institute For Policy And Strategic Studies, Kuru||Local|
|18||Youth Initiative For Advocay Growth And Advancement (YIAGA)||Local|
|19||New Century Initiative||Local|
|20||Centre For Strategey Ethics And Value||Local|
|21||African Initiative For Sustainable And Positive Development||Local|
|22||Connected Development Initiative (CODE)||Local|
|23||Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room (Policy And Legal Advocacy Centre)||Local|
|24||Research Initiative For Sustainable Development And Gender Awareness (RISDGA)||Local|
|25||Global Network For Peace Building||Local|
|26||African Peace Foundation||Local|
|27||Community Life Project (CPL)/Reclaimnaija||Local|
|28||Centre For Democracy And Development (CDD)||Local|
|29||Global Women Empowerment Association||Local|
|30||Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)||Local|
|31||Pan African Leadership League (PALL)||Local|
|32||United Forum For Grassroots Development||Local|
|33||Organisation Of Patriotic Youths For Development||Local|
|34||Committee For The Defence Of Human Rights||Local|
|35||Rights Monitoring Group (RMG)||Local|
|36||National Association For Peaceful Elections In Nigeria||Local|
|37||Conac (Church Of Nigeria Communion)||Local|
|38||Good Leadership For Community Development Initiative||Local|
|39||Great Vision For Citizens Rights Initiative||Local|
|40||Bright Way Englightenment Initiative||Local|
|41||Gamji Members Association||Local|
|42||Diaspora Advocacy For A New Down Initiative In Nigeria||Local|
|43||African Centre For Leadership Strategy And Development||Local|
|44||Centre For Human Protection And Development||Local|
|45||Independent Election Monitoring Group||Local|
|46||Human Rights Monitor||Local|
|47||Alliance For Credible Election, Ace-Nigeria||Local|
|48||Centre For Excellence, Leadership And Development (CELD)||Local|
|49||Population And Environmental Monitoring Int’l||Local|
|50||African Youths International Development Foundation||Local|
|51||Nigerian Women Trust Fund||Local|
|52||Global Initiative For African Development||Local|
|53||Women Arise For Change Initiative||Local|
|54||Women Initiative For A Better Nigeria||Local|
|55||Nigeria Association Of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)||Local|
|56||Civil Resource Development And Documentation Centre (Cirddoc) Nigeria||Local|
|57||Centre For Credible Leadership & Citizens Awareness||Local|
|58||Legal Aid And Self Development Initiative||Local|
|59||Youth Progressive Minds For Better Change Initiative||Local|
|60||Northern Youth And Eleders Awareness Forum||Local|
|61||Coalition Of Democrats For Electoral Reforms||Local|
|62||Democratic Action Group (Dag) Dispute Resolution & Development Initiative)||Local|
|63||International Foundation Federation Of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria Abuja Branch||Local|
|64||National Institute For Legislative Studies||Local|
|65||Women Making Difference Initiative||Local|
|66||Federation Of Muslim Women’s Organisation In Nigeria (FOMWAN)||Local|
|67||Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society||Local|
|68||Centre For Women And Adolscent Empowerment||Local|
|69||Centre For Social Justice||Local|
|70||Unesco Centre Abuja (Human Rights And Civic Education)||Local|
|71||Women’s International League For Peace And Freedom||Local|
|72||Change Managers International Network||Local|
|78||International Foundation For Electoral Systems (IFES)||International|
|79||European Union Delegation To Nigeria||International|
|80||Embassy Of Switzerland||International|
|81||British High Commission||International|
|83||International Republican Institute (IRI)||International|
|84||German Embassy Abuja||International|
|85||Embassy Of France In Nigeria||International|
|86||Embassy Of Japan||International|
|87||High Commission Of Canada||International|
|88||Embassy Of Ireland||International|
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