- Keyam o says EU observation team relied on just 500 polling units to draw a conclusion.
- EU says 2019 general elections were not transparent and were marred by violence and harassment of voters.
President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has faulted the European Union (EU) Observation Mission’s report on the 2019 general elections.
It could be recalled that the European Union observer mission during the presentation of its report to electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Nigeria’s 2019 general elections were not transparent and were marred by violence and harassment of voters.
EU Chief Observer, Maria Arena, at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday stated that their overall observation concluded that the 2019 elections were marked by severe operational and transparency shortcomings, electoral security problems and low turnout.
She, however, stated that the country made significant improvements from previous elections it held.
Reacting, Festus Keyamo, the campaign team spokesperson, faulted the EU for not reaching a definite conclusion in the post-election report, stating that the EU observers relied on less than 500 polling units in arriving at its recommendations.
According to him, with over 120,000 polling units where elections were conducted, a handful of abnormalities in few polling units are not a reflection of the entire process.
“If you observed certain anomalies, it could not have been in more than 500 polling units. If you do observe anomalies in those polling units, how do that substantially affect results coming from 120,000 polling units?,” Keyamo asked.
“So, it is not enough for you to discuss the anomalies alone, you must discuss the overall results coming from the entire country, and whether it did reflect the wishes of the majority of the people,” he added and also promised a more detailed official response.