- Christopher Henry Smith, a US lawmaker has made a statement on the conduct of the presidential election in states like Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and Abia
- Smith said that in such states, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was under pressure to rig the poll
- He therefore urged INEC to release the results of the poll to avoid the possibility of manipulation and rigging
A United States (US) lawmaker who is also a member of the House subcommittee on Africa, Christopher Henry Smith, has voiced his views on the conduct of the presidential poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In his statement released on Sunday, February 24, Smith said that INEC was under pressure to rig the election in parts of the country like Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and Abia, Sahara Reporters reports.
The statement said: “Yesterday, Nigeria voted. Today, votes are being counted. I am very concerned by credible reports that the vote is being tampered with.
"To avoid any manipulation of the tally, it is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announce without delay actual results — which are certified by party agents and observers — at each polling unit as the vote is tabulated.
“Well-placed sources report that in some states and localities — including Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia — INEC commissioners are receiving enormous pressure to alter poll results. This must not be allowed to happen.
“The eyes of the United States, of Africa, and the world are upon Nigeria and INEC. I also ask Secretary Michael Pompeo to hold accountable anyone who seeks to cheat the Nigerian people — who have waited patiently — of their vote or foments violence."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as the collation and announcement of results for the presidential and National Assembly elections are ongoing, foreign observer groups are making their remarks on the nature of the polls throughout the nation.
The ambassador of the US to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, had released a statement on how the elections were conducted and the comportment of Nigerians throughout the voting exercises.
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