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The US is ‘deeply disappointed’ in Nigeria for postponing February elections FEBRUARY 9, 2015

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by Kolapo Olapoju

Following the postponement of the general elections by
INEC, the United States, has expressed it’s
disappointment over the course of action.
The US had earlier implored on Nigeria not to push
forward the elections, however, on Saturday, February 7,
the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),
announced a postponement of the polls.
A statement released by the US Secretary of State, John
Kerry, said that political interference with INEC, is
‘unacceptable’, adding that the international community
will keep a close watch on the Nigerian government as it
prepares for the new election dates.
Kerry’s statement, which was released on Saturday, said:
“The United States is deeply disappointed by the decision
to postpone Nigeria’s presidential election, which had
been scheduled for February 14.”
“Political interference with the Independent National
Electoral Commission is unacceptable, and it is critical
that the government not use security concerns as a
pretext for impeding the democratic process. The
international community will be watching closely as the
Nigerian government prepares for elections on the newly
scheduled dates. The United States underscores the
importance of ensuring that there are no further delays.”
“As I reaffirmed when I visited Lagos last month, we
support a free, transparent, and credible electoral process
in Nigeria and renew our calls on all candidates, their
supporters, and Nigerian citizens to maintain calm and
reject election-related violence.”

_Ynaija.

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