Elections postponement: UK calls for calmfrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – UNITED Kingdom Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, has appealed for calm amid the tensions posed by the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the presidential elections.
He nonetheless said the deferment of the polls scheduled for this weekend this was a cause for concern.
“The Nigerian people have the right to credible, peaceful and transparent elections.
“There should be no further delay in delivering democracy and I urge all to remain calm during this period of frustration,” Hammond said.
It appeared the ongoing terror waged by the Boko Haram sect and the ill-preparedness of the INEC was behind the postponement of the poll.
“While we support Nigeria in its struggle against terrorism, the security situation should not be used as a reason to deny the Nigerian people from exercising their democratic rights.
“It is vital that the elections are kept on track and held as soon as possible in accordance with international norms,” Hammond said.
– CAJ News
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