The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) hereby invites registered Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other interested Stakeholders whose focus is on Democracy, Governance and election and who wish to observe the 2015 General Elections scheduled to hold on 14th February 2015 (Presidential and National Assembly) and 28th February 2015 (Governorship and State House of Assembly) to visit the Commission’s website-www.inecnigeria.org for the application forms. This is without prejudice to previous correspondences with the Commission as completion of the prescribed application form (EMOC) 01) remains the only acceptable format for applying.

In view of the above, Interested observer groups should download, complete the application form (EMOC 01) and submit same to Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja along with other necessary documents (including evidence of past election observation) to assist in their assessment.

Observer groups should particularly note that all other information including Legal status, Federal Inland Revenue Service (Medium Tax Office) Certificate for NGOs as well as evidence of registration with the Civil Society Desk at INEC Headquarters, Abuja among others are to accompany their applications.

Any falsification of documents in the submissions will lead to automatic disqualification and possible prosecution.

The list of all successful observer groups will subsequently be published in National Dailies and on the Commission’s website after the close of receipt of application (EMOC 01) which is 18th November 2014.

ACCREDITATION OF ELECTION OBSERVERS

Subsequently, all successful observer groups would then be required to fill the accreditation form (EMOC 02) for election observers which are obtainable at the Elections and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja.

Observer groups should also note that passport photographs of their members to be deployed to the 36 states and FCT (depending on the relative strength of each group) would be required in completing EMOC) 02. This is to enable the Commission produce identification/accreditation tags for observers ahead of the elections.

The closing date for receipt of EMOC 01 remains 18th November, 2014

Please be guided accordingly.

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC)