UK, US raise concern at Nigeria election rigging
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United Kingdom and United States raised concern at
the possibility of rigging during the votes collation process.
The concern follows a largely peaceful election held over the weekend.
“So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process.
But there are disturbing indications that the collation process – where the votes are finally counted – may be subject to deliberate political interference.
“This would contravene the letter and spirit of the Abuja Accord, to which
both major parties committed themselves,” US Secretary of State, John
Kerry, and UK Foreign Secretary Philip, Hammond, said in a joint
They said the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom
would be “very concerned” by any attempts to undermine the independence of the Electoral Commission (INEC), or its Chairman, Prof Jega; or in any way distort the expressed will of the Nigerian people.
They nonetheless welcome the conduct the electorate displayed during
“Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote on 28 March. The
Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders.”
– CAJ News
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