Ahead of the forthcoming normal elections, the European Union (EU) stated it’ll assess the conduct of the media by monitoring key TV and radio stations in addition to properly newspapers.
It added that it could additionally focus its highlight on social media as a part of its commentary mission.
Head, EU Election Observation Mission to Nigerian, Maria Arena, who said this at a press convention in Abuja, assured Nigerians that the EU is not going to intrude with the method, including that the mission of the EU was just to watch and make suggestions.
Arena additional disclosed that the EU had deployed 11 elections specialists to Abuja and “40 skilled long-term observers who might be deployed in pairs across the nation to cowl all states.”
She added that “within the run as much as election day, observers analyse the campaign atmosphere, the election preparations, legal framework, the position of civil society and the media.
“On election day, they’ll observe the opening of the polling items, the vote course of, counting of votes, tabulation of results. The EU will assess the conduct of the media by monitoring key TV and radio stations in addition to newspapers and social media,” she stated.
The EU observer appealed to Nigerians to be calm because the elections “are a chance for Nigeria to construct on what was achieved in 2015 and to additional strengthen the nation’s democracy.
“We are right here within the spirit of cooperation with Nigeria. We stand able to ship an neutral, goal evaluation of the electoral course of,” she stated.