United Nations demands INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2019January 28, 2019
United Nations demands INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2019
United Nations demands INEC…United Nations (UN) has notified Nigeria’s electoral supervisor, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make sure that the anticipating elections are conducted in a free, fair and credible manner.
United Nations ambassador and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, aforementioned at a forum for non-violent elections in Benue State, planned by the National Peace Committee and UN in Makurdi. Chambas speaking, said that the world body believes that “the election will be conducted in a manner that Benue people and the UN will be proud of INEC.”
He noted the anxiety and tension that preceded an election was traditional to the extent that the election was void of hostility and crisis, noting “even in advanced democracies there could be tension during elections, but they are usually peaceful.” whereas commending the electoral body for taking steps to confirm that the Internally-Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Benue State weren’t voteless, the international organization envoy appealed to politicians to refrain from creating inciting statement and hate speeches throughout campaigns to avoid heating the polity.
Earlier, Governor Samuel Ortom had cautioned that “herdsmen challenge is like a time bomb that could truncate the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country.” Orton cried that the federal government was treating the difficulty with child gloves, warning that it portended danger to serene elections within the country, adding that another key to peaceful elections in the country was for all agencies entrusted with the election responsibilities to be fair and impartial.
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