Elections postponement: UN, Intl observers urge INEC to strictly adhere to dates

By Temitope Ponle

TrackNigeria: The Heads the international observation missions in Nigeria have urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) strictly adhere the new dates it scheduled for the general .

The appeal was made in a joint statement signed by the heads missions and the (UN) on Saturday in .

The statement was made available by Sarah Fradgley, Press and Public Outreach Officer, European Union Election Observation Mission.

The heads the various missions also called on Nigerians remain calm and supportive the electoral process as INEC worked implement new timeline.

“We, the Heads of the international election observation missions and the present in Nigeria, have taken note of the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2019 general 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.”

They encouraged INEC to provide regular updates and information to the public on preparations in the coming days and weeks to enhance confidence and trust in the process.

They also expressed continued solidarity with Nigerians in their desire for credible and peaceful , adding that they would to closely observe preparations across the .

The heads of missions are Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former President of Liberia leading ECOWAS, and African Union led by Hailemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Other missions are the Commonwealth, headed by Dr Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania; Electoral Institute for Sustainable in Africa, led by Rupiah Banda, former President of Zambia.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Amb. Boubakar Adamou, Director of African Political Affairs and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas were also represented. (NAN)