Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, has approved Forty four (44) Observer Groups to participate in the FCT Area Council Elections, scheduled for 19th March, 2016. The approval is sequel to the initial applications as contained in the completed Form EPMC 01 and assessed by the Commission.
According to the Commission, the approved Observer groups are to obtain, complete and return Form EPMC 002 for the Elections from the Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja between 8.00am to 4.00am (Monday-Friday) starting from 24th February to 7th March, 2016.
The Commission also said the date for distribution of observer kits in the FCT Area Councils will be communicated in due course, and that any further enquiries should be directed to the Director, Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja.
The approved groups are as follows:
National Association of State Assembly Legislators, NASAL; West African Network of Election Observers, WANEO; Diaspora Advocacy for a new Dawn Initiative in Nigeria; Africa For Millennium Change Initiative; Research Initiative for Sustainable Development and Gender Awareness,RISDGA; African Initiative for Sustainable Positive Development and Gender Awareness, RISDGA.
Others are; Network of Civil Society Organization in Nigeria; Global Development Centre for Rescue Mission in Nigeria; African Christian Care Trust Organization; Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness; Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution; Community Life Project (Reclaim Naija).
Also in the list include, Global Women Empowerment Association; Human Right and Relief Charity Organization; Int’l Peace and Civic Responsibility Centre; Centre for Strategy, Ethics and Values; Centre for Civic Education (Transition Monitoring Group) (TMG); Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).
Justice & Equity Organization; Arewa Consultative Women Organization; African Centre for Leadership Strategy and Development; Centre for Strategic Conflict Management; International Noble Initiative Club; Restoration for Truth Rights Initiative; Patriotic Women Foundation.
Others approved groups are; Citizens Rights and Leadership Initiative; Nigeria Bar Association, NBA; Global Network for Peace Building; Connected Development Initiative, CODE; Gamji Members Association; African Youths International Development Foundation; African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council; Global Agenda for Total Emancipation; Youth Education on Human Rights and Civic Responsibilities.
Others include, Civic Liberties Organization, CLO; Nigeria Vote Count Campaigners; Centre for Policy Advocacy and Leadership Development; International Foundation for Electoral Systems, IFES; Orient Foundation for Social Justice and Civic Education; Women Initiative for a Better Nigeria; Election Monitor; Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (PLAC); New-View Global Initiative for Youth and Women Development; NEPAD Nigeria.

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