Polls Shift: Canada urges Nigerian military to be impartial

Canada has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to guarantee credible elections, even as it expressed concern over the postponement of the general elections.

INEC had on Saturday shifted the general elections from Feb. 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11 citing security advice by Nigeria’s military chiefs.

In a statement issued on Monday by Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights he said “Canada is concerned that Nigeria’s general elections have been postponed”.

“The people of Nigeria must be allowed to exercise their democratic right to choose their representatives through free, fair, peaceful and credible elections,” the statement said. “All institutions of state as well as political parties and candidates, must uphold democratic values.”

The statement urged Nigeria’s security agencies to be impartial in providing security during and after elections.
It also advised INEC and security operatives to provide journalists unrestrained access to reports during the election process.

“It is particularly important that security agencies provide security for elections in an impartial manner.
“It is also important that journalists are allowed unfettered access in reporting on the election process,” the statement added.

(NAN)


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  • Wetin Naija

    The world has seen Jonathan for what he is. A criminal

    • Garba S

      The world now knows Jonathan wants every registered voters get their cards

      • Ekerete Etukudo

        …and that is called true and direct democracy! All APC wants to do is fraudulently hoist a certificate-less candidate on Nigerians.

        • Maitama Tambari

          Ekerete Etukudo, which school did you attend. I believe they are Nigerians School or Institutions. I also believe you sat for what is being called West African Examination, marked and graded by corrupt Nigerian Officials or your examination taken for you by a paid candidate by your mother or father. GMB sat and passed Cambridge School Certificate conducted by the Cambridge University, London. What I have described on you was very difficult and non existence with Cambridge Examination, which dutiful students like GMB are proud to sit and pass the examines up till today. Good students unlike you, love to sit for General Certificate Examination GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels. We are always proud in taking such examination for the fun of it just because our abilities are being tested and assessed by the British and not Nigerians like you. Royal Society of Arts Examination RSA was another examination that good students exercise their faculty by taking the examination. You should therefore rethink on the level of your faculty before assessing GMB. Virtually every Nigerian Military Officers that have served from Colonial days and far beyond the Civil War, with exception of one or two Officers, were all Secondary School Certificate holders. It is not limited to GMB. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

          • Etomi

            I am a lawyer. And I understand the antics of lawyers when they want to frustrate a trial. My question is: if Buhari has his WASC certificate as he claims, which however has even been denied by the military authorities, why are Buhari’s lawyers employing sordid delay tactics to ensure that the substantive suit in Buhari’s certificate-gate does not fly???
            His lawyers have perfected every ploy to frustrate the trial in order to ensure that Buhari contests in the election…
            Why has Buhari refused to attach his certificates to his INEC form, a fundamental requirement for eligibility to contest in the election??
            Why has Buhari not applied to Cambrige University to issue him his certificate??
            Why has Buhari yet to attach his alleged statement of result, published vide Premium Times, to his INEC form..
            Please provide me answers…

  • Progress

    Where will Jonothin run after he is booted and disgraced from office now? For sure, he should kiss immunity pact a goodbye with his latest antics and insults to OBJ. Israel?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Jonathan will be at Aso rock while The old tyrant will retreat to his farm and weep as usual !!

  • King Carlos

    Jonathan doesn’t know that he’s garnered bad image for himself at the international level.

    • Etomi

      How did he garner a bad image for himself?
      Is it right to hold election in a situation where PVC distribution in the north was 90% and in the south barely 40%?
      Jonathan is in the contest to win, isn’t it?
      He is not in the contest to lose, isn’t it?
      So, you mean under this kind of condition the election should hold?
      Do you at all understand the security implication for the outcome of an election if organized amidst such wanton discrepancy?
      Was Jega’s INEC being even-handed as an impartial umpire if it had go ahead to conduct the election in the face of such ghastly discrepancy?
      Wasn’t Jega plotting to rig the election for the northern (APC) candidate?
      Let’s not be emotional about this thing…
      Of course, the opposition is now trying to gain political capital from the development, since what was being cooked up was for their end…