2019: British Govt Reaffirms Strong Support For Free,Fair And Peaceful Election In Nigeria


LAGOS JANUARY 24TH (NEWSRANGERS)-With twenty three days to the Presidential and National Assembly elections and thirty seven days to the Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections, the British High Commission in Abuja has reaffirmed its strong support for free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria.
In statedment made available to NewsRangers, the British government said they and their international partners remain committed to supporters of Nigeria’s democracy, just as it pointed out that they do not support any party or individual and believe that the Nigerian people should be able to choose their leaders in an environment free from hate speech and insecurity.
“We continue to provide significant support to Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission and to Nigerian civil society to help them deliver credible elections. We also regularly engage with actors across the political spectrum to encourage them to respect electoral rules and maintain an atmosphere of peace and calm.
“We will be deploying an extensive observation mission for the forthcoming elections, including coordinating with the EU’s Election Observation Mission. Our monitors will in particular be looking out for any attempts to encourage or use violence to influence the elections, including on social media.
“We would like to remind all Nigerians that where the UK is aware of such attempts, this may have consequences for individuals. These could include their eligibility to travel to the UK, their ability to access UK based funds or lead to prosecution under international law.
“The UK is a friend and partner of Nigeria. We hope our continued support will play a role in helping Nigeria take a further step towards consolidating the progress made since democracy returned in 1999,”the statement disclosed.

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