By John Okeke
Ahead of 2019 elections, the European Union has insisted for the full implementation of electoral reform recommendations it made after 2015 elections.
It could be recalled that after the 2015 elections, the European Union ( EU) Election Observation Mission called for electoral reform in Nigeria in order to rid the country of elections marred by incidents of violence , abuse of incumbency among others .
Some of their recommendations were that Political parties should be required to have policies and provide regular information on the promotion of women’s political participation within the party, as candidates, and more widely adding “Consideration be given to requiring partiesA� to have a minimum representation of women in leadership positions and as candidates.”
Others are that the Federal Government should elaborate a plan for developing and maintaining the voter register, to include improving biometric functionality, removal of the deceased and extended enrollment of new registrants.
Such processes be subject to stronger INEC supervisory checks with greater scrutiny from agents, observers and the media.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday, during a briefing to journalists on the forthcoming Europe Day,A�May 9th, 2018, as well as an occasion to brief the media on the activities of the European Union in partnership with Nigeria on elections, security, anti-corruption, migration, investment and economic development in 2018, the Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria and to the ECOWAS , Ketil Karlsen said most of their recommendations on electoral reform has not been achieved.
He said EU since democratic dispensation in 1999 has supported the elections in the country .
According to him , what is good for Nigeria is good to EU.
He said,” we are partneringA� with stakeholders and the government in electoral reforms. We provided the a��26.5 million to support democratic governance in Nigeria . We are also engaging the civil societies, the youth , women and the disabled people on electoral issues .There are a lot going on . Every single engagement in Nigeria EU will always take part economically, politically etc. And on theA�9th of MayA�we will be showcasing the interesting features where the dignitaries and the participants will able cast their votes and register .