UN chief urges peaceful, credible elections in Nigeria

UN chief urges peaceful, credible elections in Nigeria

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UN chief urges peaceful, credible elections in Nigeria
<p class="">Guterres made the call in a report to the Security Council on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).</p> <h1>UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for peaceful, inclusive and credible elections in Nigeria.</h1> <p class="">Guterres made the call in a report to the Security Council on the […]
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<p class="">Guterres made the call in a report to the Security Council on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).</p>

<h1>UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for peaceful, inclusive and credible elections in Nigeria.</h1>

<p class="">Guterres made the call in a report to the Security Council on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).</p>

<p class="">The UN chief also appealed for peace in other countries in the West African sub-region holding elections in 2019, noting that there has been incremental improvement in the conduct of elections in the region.</p>

<p class=""><em>“However, the pre-and post-electoral periods have often been characterised by antagonistic contestations and disputes.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>“I call upon authorities and national stakeholders to work together to ensure a level playing field and to create an environment conducive to the holding of peaceful, inclusive and credible elections in 2019 in Benin, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal.”</em></p>

<p class="">Guterres said: <em>“In Nigeria, tensions have been rising ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections of 16 February 2019, and of the gubernatorial and state assembly elections of 2 March 2019″.</em></p>

<p class="">According to him, concerns were raised by the alleged instrumentalisation of security forces in recent gubernatorial elections.</p>

<p class="">The UN scribe said there were also concerns in the surge in alleged vote buying.</p>

<p class=""><em>"The challenges related to the ability of internally displaced persons to participate in the polls amid ongoing terrorism and violence between farmers and herders, is also a concern,"</em> he said.</p>

<p class="">The UN chief also noted what he termed “a series of high-profile defections” from one political party to the other in the country.</p>

<p class=""><em>“In his capacity as my High-level Representative for Nigeria, my Special Representative continued consultations with key national stakeholders to promote an environment conducive to peaceful general elections in 2019.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>“My Special Representative initiated and participated in a joint pre-electoral mission to Nigeria with ECOWAS and the African Union from 29 to 31 October.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>“During the mission, he consulted with the President, the Office of the Inspector-General, senior military officials, civil society organisations and other key actors and institutions,” </em>Guterres said.</p>

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