UN Says Committed to Peaceful, Credible Elections in Nigeria Next Year

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The United Nations and the  international community are committed to ensuring that the 2019 general elections  in Nigeria are credible, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has said.
Speaking after a meeting with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday, Mohammed Ibn Chambers added that the international community also craves peaceful polls in the country.
He said: “The United Nations and the International Community are very interested in the  2019 elections. We want to see how the elections  can be peaceful.
“We are  working closely with the Federal Government, with the states and national institutions which are charged with the conduct of elections to ensure a credible process”.
He stated that  the purpose  of the engagements  is to ensure that all stakeholders contribute to the development of a credible electoral process.
“At the end of the day, we will be able to have credible and peaceful elections, which enables Nigeria to play her role as a leader in West Africa and Africa.
“We discussed ways that we can put some confidence building measures to allow politicians, civil society organisations and eminent personalities play a role in minimising conflicts that could occur before, during and after the elections”, he said.
The International Diplomat added that they will ensure that INEC  works in ways that will enhance confidence of politicians in the process.
Speaking further, the diplomat appreciated Governor Wike for donating modern office complex to United Nations agencies in the state.
Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said that elections should not be a do or die affair.
He said the current winner takes all attitude should be discouraged in the interest of the nation.
The governor agreed that stakeholder engagements are vital to credible polls.
He, however, said that INEC should allow the votes of the people ti count.
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