U.S. Embassy fully supports the joint statement by the heads of the ECOWAS and other international election observation missions on the postponement of the elections.
The United States Mission in Nigeria says it fully supports the decision of the heads of ECOWAS and other international missions on the postponement of the election in Nigeria.
In a statement in Abuja on Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria encouraged Nigerians to support the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair, peaceful and credible elections.
“U.S. Embassy fully supports the joint statement by the heads of the ECOWAS and other international election observation missions on the postponement of the February 16 Nigerian elections.
“We join in encouraging all Nigerians to ensure a free, fair, peaceful, and credible election by supporting the Independent National Electoral Commission while it finalises electoral preparations this week and by voting in peace together on February 23,” it stated.
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The heads of the international observation missions in Nigeria had in a statement earlier urged INEC to strictly adhere to the new dates it scheduled for the general elections.
The heads of the various missions also called on Nigerians to continue to remain calm and supportive of the electoral process as INEC worked to implement its new timeline.
“We, the heads of the international election observation missions and the UN present in Nigeria, have taken note of the decision of INEC to postpone the 2019 general elections due to logistical and operational challenges.
“We urge INEC to use this time to finalise all preparations and ensure that the new election dates are strictly adhered to.”
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