Election shift: US backs foreign observers

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The United States Embassy in Nigeria has backed the joint statement by the heads of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and other international election observation missions on the postponement of the February 16 and March 2 general elections.

Few hours after the postponement early Saturday, the international election observers in a joint statement, had urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to adhere to the new dates it fixed for the poll conduct and ensure free and fair elections.

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INEC early on Saturday morning shifted the elections to February 23 and March 9, citing bad weather and undelivered materials.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the US stated: “We join in encouraging all Nigerians to ensure a free, fair, peaceful, and credible election by supporting the Independent National Electoral Commission while it finalises electoral preparations this week and by voting in peace together on February 23.”

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