Showing posts with label Presidential Elections. Show all posts
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Saturday, April 2, 2011

African Union observer mission to Nigeria's 2011 Elections

1 Apr 2011 20:37 Africa/Lagos

African Union observer mission to Nigeria's 2011 Parliamentary and Presidential elections / Arrival statement

ABUJA, April 1, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- African Union observer mission to Nigeria's 2011 Parliamentary and Presidential elections / Arrival statement

1. In response to the invitation of the Independent National Electoral

Commission of Nigeria (INEC), H. E. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African

Union (AU) Commission, dispatched an Observer Mission to Nigeria to

observe the country's National Assembly (House of Representatives and

Senate) and Presidential Elections, which will be conducted on the 2 and 9

April, 2011 respectively

2. The AU Observer Mission is led by Mr. Ahmed Issack Hassan, the

Chairperson of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission of Kenya

(IIEC). The Mission is composed of 40 members drawn from Elections

Management Bodies (EMBs), National Parliaments, the Pan African

Parliament, Ambassadors, eminent persons and members of civil societies

from various African countries. Egypt, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda also

sponsored delegates to the Mission. The Mission is assisted by a team of

technical staff from the AU Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa.


3. The Mission Observers are from Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya,

Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda,

Zambia and Zimbabwe.

4. The AU Observer Mission arrived in Nigeria on March 27, 2011 and will

remain in the country until April 13, 2011.

5. The purpose of the Mission is to make an objective, independent and impartial

observation of the National Assembly and Presidential elections. In particular,

the Mission is expected to:

i. Determine whether the National Assembly and Presidential Elections

are conducted in accordance with the country's constitution, electoral

laws, other appropriate laws and the guidelines governing the conduct

of such elections.

ii. Determine whether the election environment is conducive for voters to

participate and exercise their fundamental rights;

iii. Establish whether the participating political parties, agencies and

groups are satisfied with the preparations for and conduct of the


iv. Evaluate the level of voters' awareness and whether the voters' right to

choose freely and in secrecy are guaranteed, upheld and protected;

v. Identify and record electoral malpractices, if any;

vi. Assess whether the media coverage and conduct are in conformity with

the laid down rules and guidelines;

vii. Evaluate transparency and adequacy of the voting, counting and

collation processes; as well as the announcement of the results; and

viii. Establish whether the results of the elections are a true reflection of

the democratically expressed will of the people of Nigeria.

6. The Mission will be guided by the AU Declaration on the Principle Governing

Democratic Elections in Africa and the 2002 AU Guidelines for Elections

Observation and Monitoring Missions.

7. The Mission is situated at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Tamarind B Room,

Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Source: African Union Commission (AUC)

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

'Enough is Enough Nigeria' Receives $130,000 grant to Promote free and fair Election

22 Feb 2011 15:17 Africa/Lagos

'Enough is Enough Nigeria' Receives Grant from Omidyar Network to Promote Transparency Around the Presidential Elections

PR Newswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 22, 2011

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Omidyar Network announced today a grant of up to $130,000 to Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria), a coalition of individuals and youth-led organizations leading a campaign aimed at enabling citizen participation in the Nigerian general elections in April.

The grant will be used in support of a non-partisan, one-stop online portal designed to aid voter registration, provide candidate information and monitor the elections. The project will utilize Twitter, Facebook and local social media tools such as Nairaland, Naijatalk and Gnaiga, as well as SMS, radio and television, to broaden its reach and citizen engagement.

"Democracy requires active participation, and the majority of Nigeria's population under 35 years of age has never voted. EiE Nigeria's platform and use of social media will help engage this significant portion of Nigeria's citizens and enable active participation and the ability to influence outcomes on issues of importance to them," said Stephen King, investment partner, Omidyar Network.

Through its Government Transparency investment area, Omidyar Network invests in organizations that use technology and media platforms to provide access to information and tools necessary for citizens to participate in the governing process and hold governments to account. Over the last two years, the firm has granted over $30M to organizations such as Ushahidi in Kenya, Janaagraha in India and the Sunlight Foundation in the United States.

"Nigeria's general elections in April are very critical to the next 50 years of Nigeria's development and are being described as a tipping point for the country. At EiE Nigeria, we are particularly excited about how this grant enables us to use technology to connect young Nigerians across the country and renew their interest in issues of leadership and governance," said 'Yemi Adamolekun, secretary to the board, EiE Nigeria.

The EiE Nigeria coalition is committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through advocacy, activism and the mobilization of the youth population as responsible citizens. Approximately 70% of Nigeria's population is under the age of 35, most are disenfranchised and yet disproportionately have access to technology – mobile phones, the internet, radio and television. EiE Nigeria's call to action is promoted through a campaign called Register, Select, Vote and Protect (R.S.V.P). Citizens are urged to register to vote, educate themselves and each other about the candidates, vote, and stay engaged and active in the political process once votes are cast. For more information, please visit:

About Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. To date, Omidyar Network has committed more than $383 million to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple investment areas, including microfinance, entrepreneurship, property rights, consumer Internet, mobile technology and government transparency. To learn more about Omidyar Network, please visit

SOURCE Omidyar Network

CONTACT: Greg Pershall of Omidyar Network, +1-360-607-8901,

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