Written by Princewill Kori

Those responsible for violence should be held accountable -U.S, Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Observer Group has called for the prosecution of all those found culpable in instigating violence during last Saturday’s general election in Nigeria.

 

This is as the United States Embassy in Nigeria has warned against the use of violence or force in interfering with the work of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington on the Nigerian Elections

The Commonwealth Observer Group made their preliminary findings on Monday in Abuja, while the U.S Embassy released a statement by the ambassador, Mr. W. Stuart Symington.

The head of the commonwealth group, Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, a former president of Tanzania, said; “Election related violence and loss of life, which occurred in a number of places, is deeply troubling. Nigeria can do better. Violence has no place in a modern democracy. Those responsible should be held accountable. We encourage all political parties to honour their commitments in the National Peace Accord and reject violence.”

Similarly, Symington while condoling with the families of those who lost loved ones to electoral violence, urged all parties to the Peace Accord to honour it.

“The peaceful achievement of millions was shadowed by the violence of a few.  We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and we urge all candidates to honor the Peace Accord they signed.

“All should convince those who support them to refrain from using force or violence to interfere with INEC.

“No one should break the law by announcing results before INEC does, or break the peace by claiming victory before the results are final. Everyone has a common interest in showing patience as INEC collates and announces the election results,” the American envoy said.

 

 

 

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