The European Union (EU) has committed over €150 million in the provision of technical support to key electoral institutions and stakeholders since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999. The EU ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Samuela Isopi disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at the EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU SDGN) Programme: Closure Ceremony of Phase I and the launch of Phase II. She said the EU believed that only a functioning democracy could address citizens’ needs and build prosperous, resilient and strong societies. Isopi noted that it was against this background that the support to electoral processes was a key element of the EU’s cooperation policy with its partners. She explained that the Phase I of the EU-SDGN programme contributed to the reform of the electoral process by building capacities, strengthening institutions, strengthening the role and participation of civil society, as well as contributing to the reform of the legal framework. Isopi noted that building on the success of the first phase, the identification and formulation of Phase II of the programme was done in consultation with the federal government and key stakeholders such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and civil society organisations.