Abuja, Nigeria – IRI today announced it will lead an international pre-election assessment delegation to Nigeria. The delegation, led by His Excellency John Kufuor, former President of Ghana, will arrive in Nigeria on February 28 to begin a four-day mission to assess the progress of preparations, logistics and the overall environment for Nigeria’s upcoming national elections scheduled for April 2011.  Elections will be held over the course of three weeks: National assembly elections will be held on April 2, the presidential election on April 9, and gubernatorial, state assembly and local government area elections on April 16.

The delegation will meet with Nigerian officials in the executive branch and the national assembly, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission.  In addition to meeting with government officials, the delegation will meet with other stakeholders in the electoral process including security officials, political parties, judiciary, academic and religious leaders, representatives of the media and media regulators, and diverse civil society organizations.  At the end of the mission the delegates will meet with members of the media to discuss findings and make recommendations.  Members of the delegation are:

This pre-election assessment mission follows a similar mission conducted by the National Democratic Institute in October 2010 and precedes IRI’s upcoming international observation of the April elections and other monitoring efforts currently underway.
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