INEC Okays 88 Election Observers

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved 88 observer groups to participate in the 2015 general elections scheduled to begin on February 14 with the Presidential and National Assembly polls.

The governorship and House of Assembly elections will hold on February 28, 2015.

INEC said this was sequel to the compliance with the requirements and guidelines issued by the Commission for accreditation of observers.

It said in a statement on its website on Thursday night that groups were to obtain and complete form EPMC 02 for the elections from the Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja, between 8am and 4pm from Monday to Friday, starting from January 15 to 26, 2015.

The commission added that in order to ensure prompt and efficient processing of ID cards, it called on all the accredited observer groups to compile the photographs of their members with the names and submit hard and soft copies to the commission before January 26.

“Please note that distribution of observer kits (including ID cards for individual observers) will be done by the EPM Desk officers at INEC state offices between February 10 and 13, 2015,’” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the agency has emphasised that observer groups other than those listed found in the state for the elections shall be handed over to law enforcement agencies for prosecution.

Also, accredited field observers found in the states other than where they were approved to go will equally be sanctioned, the commissioner added.