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Elections Postponement: WANEP urges electorate, observers to remain resolute

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

As reactions continue to trail the postponement of the 2019 general elections, the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has said it is disappointed over the polls shift.

The Co-chairman of the WANEP Election Situation Room (ESR) Aisha Abdullahi  while briefing journalists on Saturday however urged electorates, local and international observers not to be deterred but remain resolute in ensuring credible polls.

She also acknowledged that the decision to postpone the polls has socio-economic and political consequences for all statkeholders.

She said “Without prejudice to INEC’s reasons for the postponement, we acknowledge that the decision has socio-economic and political consequences for all statkeholders.

However, “WANEP urges the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue to provide regular information to the general public on the progress of the revised timelines for the elections, in order to re-assure the electorate on the credibility of the process.” she said.

Abdulahi, while commending Nigerians for their peaceful conduct despite the postponement also implored the electorate and the political parties to continue to exercise patience and understanding and refrain from acts that could jeopardize the peaceful conduct of the process.

She added, “We urge the electorate not to be discouraged but to come out en masse on 23rd February and 9th March 2019 to exercise their civic rights.

“WANEP calls on the international community, partners and domestic observers not to be deterred or lose faith in the electoral process, but remain resolute in their support to ensure peaceful and credible elections.” She said.

She also assured that WANEP will remain committed to its mandate of promoting peaceful and credible elections.

Also speaking, the Executive Director, WANEP,  Chukwuemeka Eze also informed that the WANEP will redeploy it’s 114 election observers nationwide and will also continue to open situation room to analyze information from observers in the street.

He also informed that the WANEP will monitor the redistribution of sensitive electoral materials across states and ensure that the materials are not compromised.


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