Embassy of Finland in Abuja has had a busy and exciting election spring due to postponement of Nigerian elections from February to March-April. In past weeks Nigeria held presidential and National Assembly elections and gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections. This week is Finland's turn as people gather to vote 19.4. in Finnish parliamentary election. Embassy of Finland took part in the EU Election Observation Mission in Nigeria and organised advance voting opportunity for Finns in Abuja and Lagos 8.-9.4.
Nigeria turned a new page in history as the opposition’s presidential candidate won for the first time since the transition from military rule. General Muhammadu Buhari won the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan who conceded his defeat and thus paved the way for a peaceful handover of power.
Ambassador Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury and counsellor Torun Eklund took part in EU Election Observation Mission in Nassarawa state. They were happy to observe improvement between first and second Election Day and they did not prove any major problems in processes.
Finnish parliamentary election will be held on April 19th. Finnish citizens in Nigeria had the chance to vote either in Lagos or Abuja in advance 8.-.9.4. For a rather small Finnish community in Nigeria this was also a good chance to meet other Finns in the area, exchange views and news and of course to enjoy delicious Finnish buns with coffee after voting.