THE United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington has harped on the need for security agencies, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and politicians to engender a level playing field where the votes of Nigerians truly count.
Contained in a video posted on the US mission’s Twitter page on Tuesday, Symington emphasised the US government’s desire that the forthcoming election is free, fair and transparent.
He particularly warned politicians against undue inducement of voters through voting buying and security forces against harassment or other acts that are not in accordance with INEC’s guidelines.
More importantly, he urged Nigerians to see through the electioneering process, exercise their right to vote and defend their votes to ensure that their votes count.
“These elections are a remarkable experience for every Nigerian and for every citizen to express their will.
“What the United States hopes to see in your elections, in this year of 2019, is an election that is free fair and credible, transparent and above all peaceful.
”In this process, I know one thing, it is important for the citizens of Nigeria to personally take part beginning right now by making sure you know what your rights are,” he said.
“Do not to be influenced by politicians, security forces in a manner that is not in accordance with the law.”
”On election day, you won’t affect unless you vote. It is important that you work together so that you make sure your vote is counted.
”As we get ready for your elections, one of the most important things is that there should be a level playing field meaning that no officials, no security forces, no electoral officials, no politicians seek to influence you in a way that is not consistent with Nigerian law.”
”In a nutshell, one thing is to know your rights; number two, vote and exercise them; number three, if you work for the government or if you work for a party make sure you remember that it is your responsibility to act consistently with the laws,” Symington said.
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