April 24, 2024

Nigerians must be able to freely vote during elections – Commonwealth

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Nigerians must be able to freely vote during elections – Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Observer Group has urged parties, candidates, and their supporters to play their part in ensuring peaceful and credible elections,

The observation mission insists Nigerians can freely vote during the presidential and national assembly polls on Saturday.

The former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki made the demand at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

Noting that the elections will be Africa’s largest democratic exercise, he said the outcomes will be significant for Nigeria and the entire continent.

The delegation leader advised all stakeholders to uphold their commitment to ensuring a transparent and inclusive election.

The Commonwealth wants citizens to be “able to freely exercise their right to vote, with the fundamental freedoms of expression, association, and assembly fully respected”.

Mbeki said the group’s mandate is to observe and assess the pre-election period, activities on polling day, and the post-election period.

Daily Post reported that the team will consider all factors relating to the credibility of the electoral process and assess whether the elections are conducted according to the standards.

“As we undertake this assessment and conduct our duties, we will be objective, independent, and impartial,” Mbeki added.

The mission will receive briefings from the electoral authorities, parties, the media, and civil society groups representing women, youth, and people with disabilities.

An estimated 93.4 million registered voters will have the right to cast ballots for presidential and national assembly candidates in 176,846 polling units across Nigeria.

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