Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released a list of 41 accredited observer groups for the Edo governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 10 this year.
According to news bulletin issued by the commission, “As contained in the approved list, INEC has cleared 33 domestic observer groups and eight foreign observer groups.”
The accredited observer groups are: (domestic)-Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, Community Life Project (RECLAIM NAIJA), African Initiative for Sustainable & Positive Development, Centre for Credible Leadership & Citizen Awareness, and Alliance for Credible Elections in Nigeria.
Also accredited were National Association of State Assembly Legislators, NASAL, Centre for Strategy, Ethics and Value, Justice & Equity Organisation, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Policy & Legal Advocacy Centre), Northern Patriotic Front, National Committee On Patriots, NCOP, Inclusive Friends Association, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, CCD, Human Rights Monitor, and Independent Election Monitoring Group.
Others include Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement, Centre for Transparency Advocacy, Cleen Foundation, Pan African Leadership League, PALL, Voice of African Women on Dignity, Institute for Peace And Conflict Resolution, Centre for Democracy and Development, Gamji Members’ Association, Election Monitor, Enough Is Enough, Justice Development and Peace Commission, Rights Monitoring Group, New-View Global Initiative for Youth & Women Development, Elyon Reform and Charity Centre, NEPAD NIGERIA, Nigerian Bar Association, National Orientation Agency, and Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria.
The foreign observer groups include National Democratic Institute for Int’l Affairs, NDI, International Republican Institute, IRI, British High Commission, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, IFES, US Consulate, Lagos, European Union Delegation, African Union-Economic, Social & Cultural Council, and European Union Delegation to Nigeria & ECOWAS.
The Edo governorship election will also serve as another litmus test for the INEC, as it is coming on the heels of series of inconclusive elections conducted by the commission, especially after the 2015 general elections which had dubbed the commission ‘Inconclusive National Electoral Commission.”

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