The European Union Election Observation Mission’s Chief to Nigeria, Mr Barry Andrews, says the mission will only observe and not interfere in the February 25 and March 11 elections.
Barry made this known at a press briefing held on Monday in Abuja on the purpose of the mission in Nigeria.
He said the EU EOM mandate was to observe all aspects of the electoral process as invited by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria.
“We will assess the extent to which the elections comply with the international and regional commitments for the polls as well as the laws of Nigeria.
“The mission is independent in its findings from the Delegation of EU to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS, EU member states, EU institutions and other international organisations,” he said.
The envoy added that the Electoral Act 2022 had introduced new measures aimed at enhancing various aspects of the conduct of elections.
He added: ”As part of its overall analysis, the EU EOM will closely follow its implementation.”
According to Barry, for the first time in Nigeria, the mission has a dedicated Election Technology Analyst who is assessing the use of technologies, especially the verification of voters and the transmission of results.
He said: “A Media Analyst and a Social Media Analyst are also undertaking an assessment of the role of the traditional media, as well as social media and digital communication during the process.
“The EU EOM started its work nearly three weeks ago with the arrival of a core team of 11 experts with competencies in various aspects of elections.
“Since January 29, 40 long-term observers in teams of two follow the electoral process in all the states of Nigeria.