INEC clears 16 international bodies, 72 others to observe Nigeria elections

Election Observers used to illustrate the story
Election Observers used to illustrate the story

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.

1New Partnership For Africa’s Development (NEPAD)Local
2Centre For Strategic Conflict Management (CSCM)Local
3Global Agenda For Total Emancipation (GATE)Local
4Citizens Right And Leadership Awareness InitiativeLocal
5Justice Development And Peace Commission (Catholic Caritas Foundation Of Nigeria)Local
6Fundamental Rights League InternationalLocal
7Police Service CommissionLocal
8Centre For Grassroot Development And Crime Prevention (CGDCP)Local
9Centre For Civic Education (Aka) Transition Monitoring Group (TMG)Local
10Centre For Policy Advocacy And Leadership Development (CPALD)Local
11Election Monitor Local
12Institute For Peace And Conflict ResolutionLocal
13Society For Equity, Justice And PeaceLocal
14Justice & Equity OrganisationLocal
15Cleen FoundationLocal
16West African Network Of Election Observers (WANEO)Local
17National Institute For Policy And Strategic Studies, KuruLocal
18Youth Initiative For Advocay Growth And Advancement (YIAGA)Local
19New Century Initiative Local
20Centre For Strategey Ethics And ValueLocal
21African Initiative For Sustainable And Positive DevelopmentLocal
22Connected Development Initiative (CODE)Local
23Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room (Policy And Legal Advocacy Centre)Local
24Research Initiative For Sustainable Development And Gender Awareness (RISDGA)Local
25Global Network For Peace BuildingLocal
26African Peace FoundationLocal
27Community Life Project (CPL)/ReclaimnaijaLocal
28Centre For Democracy And Development (CDD)Local
29Global Women Empowerment AssociationLocal
30Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)Local
31Pan African Leadership League (PALL)Local
32United Forum For Grassroots DevelopmentLocal
33Organisation Of Patriotic Youths For DevelopmentLocal
34Committee For The Defence Of Human Rights Local
35Rights Monitoring Group (RMG)Local
36National Association For Peaceful Elections In NigeriaLocal
37Conac (Church Of Nigeria Communion)Local
38Good Leadership For Community Development InitiativeLocal
39Great Vision For Citizens Rights InitiativeLocal
40Bright Way Englightenment InitiativeLocal
41Gamji Members AssociationLocal
42Diaspora Advocacy For A New Down Initiative In Nigeria Local
43African Centre For Leadership Strategy And DevelopmentLocal
44Centre For Human Protection And DevelopmentLocal
45Independent Election Monitoring GroupLocal
46Human Rights MonitorLocal
47Alliance For Credible Election, Ace-NigeriaLocal
48Centre For Excellence, Leadership And Development (CELD)Local
49Population And Environmental Monitoring Int’lLocal
50African Youths International Development Foundation Local
51Nigerian Women Trust FundLocal
52Global Initiative For African DevelopmentLocal
53Women Arise For Change InitiativeLocal
54Women Initiative For A Better NigeriaLocal
55Nigeria Association Of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)Local
56Civil Resource Development And Documentation Centre (Cirddoc) Nigeria Local
57Centre For Credible Leadership & Citizens AwarenessLocal
58Legal Aid And Self Development Initiative Local
59Youth Progressive Minds For Better Change Initiative Local
60Northern Youth And Eleders Awareness ForumLocal
61Coalition Of Democrats For Electoral ReformsLocal
62Democratic Action Group (Dag) Dispute Resolution & Development Initiative)Local
63International Foundation Federation Of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria Abuja BranchLocal
64National Institute For Legislative StudiesLocal
65Women Making Difference InitiativeLocal
66Federation Of Muslim Women’s Organisation In Nigeria (FOMWAN)Local
67Al-Habibiyyah Islamic SocietyLocal
68Centre For Women And Adolscent EmpowermentLocal
69Centre For Social Justice Local
70Unesco Centre Abuja (Human Rights And Civic Education)Local
71Women’s International League For Peace And Freedom Local
72Change Managers International Network Local
77U.S EmbassyInternational
78International Foundation For Electoral Systems (IFES)International
79European Union Delegation To NigeriaInternational
80Embassy Of SwitzerlandInternational
81British High CommissionInternational
82Un WomenInternational
83International Republican Institute (IRI)International
84German Embassy AbujaInternational
85Embassy Of France In NigeriaInternational
86Embassy Of JapanInternational
87High Commission Of CanadaInternational
88Embassy Of IrelandInternational

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