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INEC Calls for Observers in Upcoming Rerun and By-elections

by David Okoye

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has opened applications for civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations interested in observing the February rerun and by-elections. The elections are scheduled to occur simultaneously on Saturday, February 3, in constituencies across nine states.

Interested parties are required to submit their applications via the online portal (http://observergroups.inecnigeria.org) by January 17. INEC’s acting Director of Electoral Party Monitoring, Hauwa Habib, emphasized that completion of the prescribed application form (EC14A(l)) is the sole accepted means of application.

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Observer groups must provide essential information, including legal status (registration with CAC), evidence of registration with INEC’s Civil Society Desk, and any previous election observation history. Falsification of documents will result in automatic disqualification and potential prosecution. The deadline for application submission is January 17, 2024.

Mrs. Habib revealed that the by-elections and reruns span two senatorial districts, four federal constituencies, and three state constituencies in the aftermath of the 2023 general elections, as directed by election petition appeal tribunals. A total of 35 constituencies are affected, with some involving entire constituencies and others specific polling units.

Successful observer groups will be published on INEC’s website and the EPM observer’s WhatsApp platform. The call for observers underscores INEC’s commitment to transparency and credibility in the electoral process, ensuring that these court-ordered elections are conducted seamlessly on February 3.

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