US embassy tasks INEC on credible supplementary polls

March 21st, 2019

The United States has tasked Nigerian electorates and the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure it rounds up the election circle on Saturday with free, fair and credible supplementary elections

The embassy, which expressed its disappointment at the low voter turnout as well as credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations, stated in a statement issued Thursday in Abuja said that the United States supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.

“As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow closely the still ongoing elections. We do not have a preferred party or candidate.

“As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, we too were disappointed by the low voter turnout as well as credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, and interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.

“We are saddened by those acts of violence and extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, including those who worked for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security services.

“As the 2019 electoral cycle comes to an end, we urge all stakeholders to work towards a free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful process, especially for the many Nigerians across the country who again will go to polls on Saturday.

“We encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties, and the security services, to continue to improve the electoral process for future elections. We look to Nigeria as an important leader on the African continent,” the US noted

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