Heads of International election observers mission and United Nations Office in Nigeria have expressed displeasure in the sudden change of the general elections date by Independent National Electoral Commissions.
The General election which was formerly scheduled for last Saturday, 16th has been postponed to Saturday 23rd February, 2019.
In a joint statement signed and released on 16th February by the 8 Heads of Missions deeply expressed their concerns for the Nigerian citizens who are deeply affected by the unpleasant development.
They however urged Nigerians to remain calm so as to forestall any regrettable actions that could prevent the election from holding next week Saturday, 23rd February.
Read the full statement below:
JOINT STATEMENT ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE 2019 ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA
We, the Heads of the international election observation missions and the United
Nations present in Nigeria, have taken note of the decision of the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the 2019 general elections due
to logistical and operational challenges.
While we note that this decision has caused disappointment for many, we call on all Nigerians to continue to remain calm and supportive of the electoral process as
INEC works to implement its new timeline.
We urge INEC to use this time to finalise all preparations and ensure that the new
election dates are strictly adhered to. We encourage INEC to provide regular
updates and information to the public on its preparations in the coming days and
weeks to enhance confidence and trust in the process.
As we continue to closely observe preparations across the country, we stand in solidarity with the people of Nigeria in their desire for credible and peaceful
- Economic Community of West African States Election Observation Mission –
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia
- African Union Election Observation Mission – His Excellency Hailemariam
Desalegn, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia
- Commonwealth Observer Group – His Excellency Dr Jakaya Kikwete, Former
President of the United Republic of Tanzania
- Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa Election Observation Mission – His Excellency Rupiah Banda, Former President of Zambia
- European Union Election Observation Mission – Maria Arena, Belgian Member of the European Parliament
- National Democratic Institute/International Republican Institute Election
Observation Mission – His Excellency Festus Mogae, Former President of
Botswana and Her Excellency Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Former President of Latvia
- Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Ambassador Boubakar Adamou, Director of African Political Affairs
- United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas