- The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has spoken ahead of the March 23 supplementary election
- In a statement, the U.S. Embassy called on all stakeholders to ensure free, credible and peaceful exercise in Nigeria
- US also added that it supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results
The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has called on all stakeholders to ensure free, credible and peaceful exercise in Nigeria, as the supplementary polls hold in some states on Saturday, March 23.
The embassy gave the charge in a statement on Thursday, March 21, in Abuja, NAN reports
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had rescheduled the supplementary elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto states, for March 23, after it declared initial exercises inconclusive.
The embassy said: “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. As a democratic partner of Nigeria, the U.S. remains committed to working together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries."
The embassy congratulated Nigerians over their commitment to the democratic process throughout the election season.
According to the mission, the US supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.
It said: “As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow closely the still ongoing elections. We do not have a preferred party or candidate."
It however, expressed concern over the low voter turnout as well as what it described as credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.
It added: “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.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the INEC on Thursday, March 21, announced that supplementary governorship and other elections would hold in 18 states on Saturday, March 23.
This was contained in a document released by INEC showing supplementary governorship polls would hold in five states including Bauchi where the exercise would be held in 14 local government areas.
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