Britain denounces tragic Rivers elections
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE British High Commission in Nigeria has expressed disappointment at the violence that characterised elections held in the Rivers State this past weekend.
It was reported some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission were killed, injured and kidnapped during the election re-run on Saturday.
The British High Commission denounced the violence in particular against electoral officials.
“UK observers in Rivers state saw irregularities around the voting and noted the low turn-out of voters at polling units which was in part a consequence of fear of violence,” the British High Commission stated from Abuja.
It urged the leadership of major political parties to encourage their supporters in Rivers to behave peacefully and call on those still
dissatisfied to pursue resolution of their grievances through the courts in accordance with the rule of law.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have been engaged in a spate of violence for some time now in the oil-rich state.
The violence has been commonplace since preparations for the 2015 governorship election PDP’s Nyesom Wike won ahead of Dakuku Peterside of the APC.
It reared its ugly head again in the run up to the weekend’s poll with some 60 people reported killed.
– CAJ News
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