Polls: INEC registers 142 observer groups
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the accreditation of 142 observer groups for the 2019 general elections.
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Announcing the result of the observer groups on its website, www.inecnigeria.org, the electoral body stated that “all accredited Observers shall abide by the code of conduct for election observers.”
It also stated that the electoral commission “reserves the right to cancel and withdraw the accreditation of any organisation if its members or agents breach the code of conduct.
“Accredited groups are to obtain and complete form EC 14A (ii) from the Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja between 8am-4pm (Monday-Friday) starting from 28th January, 2019 to 1st February, 2019.
“To ensure prompt and efficient processing of ID cards, all accredited Observer groups are enjoined to compile the list and photographs of their members for deployment on State basis and submit hard and soft copies (CD please, using J PEG drive) to the Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters on or before 1st February, 2019.”
It further warned that the commission wishes to emphasize “that groups other than those accredited, found in any state for the elections shall be handed over to law enforcement agencies. Also, accredited field observers found in States other than where they are posted will equally be sanctioned.”
Some of the prominent groups that scaled the accreditation process include; NBA, ActionAid, Christian Association of Nigeria, British High Commission, EU, United States embassy and the Commonwealth.