European Union External Action

EU election observation mission to Nigeria in 2003

20/04/2003 - 12:24
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At the invitation of the Government of Nigeria, the European Union established a mission to observe the presidential elections there on 19 April 2003.

After the establishment of civilian rule in 1999, these elections were an important test for the state of democracy in Africa’s most populous country. The mission was headed by Chief Observer Max van den Berg, member of the European Parliament.

The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.