HEDA,TMG Condemns Poll Shift, Seeks Transparent Elections 

Yemisi Izuora 

The   Transition   Monitoring   Group   (TMG),   Human   and   Environmental   Development Agenda (HEDA) and the Election Observation Platform have expressed disappointment and regret over the   last   minute   postponement   of   the   Presidential   and   National   Assembly   elections.

They regretted that despite repeated   assurances   of   preparedness,   the   Independent   National   Electoral Commission (INEC) attributed the postponement to logistics and operational challenges. 

“The details were however not explained, neither was any apology tendered. We also note that these challenges have continued to plague our elections over time and now constitute a threat to the integrity of the electoral system. We cannot continue with the template of poor management of logistics as a reason for postponing elections,” TNG and HEDA noted.

They noted that having committed   scarce   resources   to   the   observation   process,   the   Platform   and   other stakeholders were looking forward to successful elections.

In a statement they said, “To all our esteemed Election Observers across the country, partners and the media, we appreciate your support and commitment towards TMG and HEDA’s effort in making Nigeria a better nation.

We however, hope that INEC would resolve its logistics issues before the newly scheduled dates for the elections as we urge Nigerians and friends of Nigeria not to be discouraged in exercising their civic  responsibility  to   elect the  leaders  of  their  choice  to  various   political   offices.  We further urge political parties to rise above partisan considerations and call on their members to refrain from comments and actions that could jeopardise the successful conduct of the elections. 

We   appreciate   the   enthusiasm   and  interest   that  everyone   has   shown   towards   the   elections, particularly eminent Nigerian leaders who were carefully picked to assist in the realization of our mandate to support processes which would contribute to the realization of free, fair and credible elections”.

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