US Government Unhappy with postponement of Nigeria General Elections

February 8, 2015 4:41 pm

The US Government has expressed disappointment over the postponement of
’s general election which was announced last night by INEC
chairman, Prof. Jega. Below is a statement by the US Secretary of State
posted on the US Department of State website..The is deeply disappointed by the decision to postpone
Nigeria’s presidential election, which had been scheduled for February
14.

Political interference with the Independent National Electoral
Commission is unacceptable, and it is critical that the government not
use security concerns as a pretext for impeding the democratic process.
The international community will be watching closely as the Nigerian
government prepares for elections on the newly scheduled dates.
The United States underscores the importance of
ensuring that there are no further delays.

As I reaffirmed when I visited Lagos last month, we support a free,
transparent, and credible electoral process in Nigeria and renew our
calls on all candidates, their supporters, and Nigerian citizens to
maintain calm and reject election-related violence.

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