Following several allegations that security forces aided electoral irregularities during the 2019 election in Nigeria, The United States has stated how disappointing such allegations are, and its implication on the citizens of the country.
The reaction, which is contained in a statement released by the US embassy yesterday, explains how saddened the United States was over the killings that occurred during the period.
It then urged all stakeholders to ensure that the supplementary elections are conducted fairly without casualties or irregularities.
The statement read, “The US once again congratulates the Nigerian people’s commitment to the democratic process throughout the election season.
“The US supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results. As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow closely the ongoing elections. We do not have a preferred party or candidate.
“As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, we too were disappointed by the low voter turnout as well as credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.
“We are saddened by those acts of violence and extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, including those who worked for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the security services.
“As the 2019 electoral cycle comes to an end, we urge all stakeholders to work towards a free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful process, especially for the many Nigerians across the country who again will go to polls on Saturday.
“We encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties, and the security services, to continue to improve the electoral process for future elections.
“We look to Nigeria as an important leader on the African continent. As a democratic partner of Nigeria, the United States remains committed to working together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries.”
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