The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Nigeria has said that it knows nothing about servers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that were allegedly used to transmit results of the 2019 general elections.
Speaking at a press conference on the EU election observation mission report held at the Transcorp Hilton on Saturday, June 15, the deputy chief observer for the EU Mission, Hannah Roberts said the Mission relied on results that were released by INEC.
Reacting to questions from journalists, Roberts said the EU Mission in Nigeria is unaware of an INEC server by which results were transmitted during the election.
Earlier, Maria Arena, EU Chief Observer had presented a final report with recommendations for electoral reforms.
She said the EU EOM had 91 observers on ground for the Presidential and National Assembly elections across Nigeria. She added that 73 observers were deployed for the Governorship and State House of Assembly election while only 20 observers were used for the supplementary elections.
Following its observation mission, she said the EU EOM had 30 recommendations on how to improve future electoral processes in Nigeria. “The mission concluded that the systemic failings seen in the elections, and the relatively low levels of voter participation, show the need for fundamental electoral reform.”
The EU report prioritized seven recommendations of the 30, one of which was that Nigeria, “Strengthen INEC procedures for the collation of results to improve integrity and confidence in electoral outcomes.” Another recommendation was that, “Electoral tribunals cover pre-election cases in order to improve access to remedy and to avoid petitions being taken to different courts at the same time.”