The European Union was invited by theIndependent National Electoral Commissiontoobservethe2019generalelections.
The EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) is very concerned about the process andtimingofthesuspensionoftheChiefJusticeofNigeria, HonourableJusticeWalterOnnoghen,
With 20 days until the presidential andNational Assembly elections, political parties,candidatesandvoters mustbeabletohaveconfidenceintheimpartialityandindependence
of the judicial system.
The decision to suspend the Chief Justice has led to many Nigerians, including lawyers and civil society observer groups, to question whether due process was followed. The timing, just before the swearing in of justices for Electoral Tribunals and the hearing of election-related cases, has also raised concerns about the opportunity for electoral justice.
The EU EOM will continue observing all aspects of the election, including the independence of the election administration, the neutrality of security agencies, and the extent to which the judiciary can and does fulfil its election-related responsibilities.
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