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Polls Shift: Observers beg Nigerians to remain calm, accept new dates

By Gabriel Ewepu,

More international and domestic observers yesterday urged Nigerians to remain calm and accept new dates for the elections.

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The appeal was made by the African Union, Economic, Social and Cultural Council, AU-ECOSOCC, Nigeria chapter, and YIAGA AFRICA, which also called on INEC to concretise arrangements for the smooth conduct of the elections.

The AU-ECOSOCC in a statement signed by the Nigeria Representative, Mr Oba John, on behalf of the Council in Abuja, said reactions over the shift of the polls by INEC was understandable, but that voters should rather be determined to perform their constitutional responsibility by supporting and coming out en mass to cast their votes.

“We want to use this opportunity to appeal that we should not get tired due to the postponement and the short comings of the Commission, we have confidence that they will still make Africa proud.”

Speaking in same vein, an observer of the 2019 general elections, YIAGA AFRICA, also appealed to Nigerians to be patient with INEC on the issue and prepare to cast their votes on the rescheduled dates.

“We also urge all registered voters to come out massively and vote for the candidates of their choice on the new dates. We encourage all stakeholders to take advantage of this window to provide additional voter education and mobilize the electorate to exercise their franchise”, the statement reads.

Executive Director, YIAGA AFRICA, Samson Itodo, and Chair, Watching The Vote Working Group, Dr Hussaini Abdul said in a joint statement.

 

 


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