US group’s mission to observe rescheduled pollsfrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – A UNITED Nations partner organisation said it would
field an international election observation mission for the March 28 elections to ensure the poll was credible.
In a statement, the United States-based International Republican Institute
(IRI) highlighted the importance of the elections in Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country.
“It is critical that the upcoming electoral process in Nigeria proceed, and that it include an open dialogue among all stakeholders,” read the statement.
The organization said a stable, democratic Nigeria was best for Nigerians,
and would be the most potent deterrent to those who would wish to undermine the principles of individual freedom and peace that the vast majority of Nigerians want to see for their country.
Given Nigeria’s strategic position and its vast economic potential, a stable, democratic Nigeria is also best for the whole of Africa and the international community.
IRI argued a country guided by strong democratic institutions, such as issue-based political parties, a transparent electoral commission, vocal civil society organizations and independent media, was one of the best antidotes to security threats.
“During these crucial times in Nigeria, it is paramount that the country continues on its path of democratic development, including through peaceful, timely electoral processes.”
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, IRI advances freedom and democracy
worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.
– CAJ News
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