INEC receiving enormous pressure to alter poll results: US Congress

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The United States House Subcommittee on Africa has raised alarm that INEC is receiving enormous pressure to alter poll results in favour of the ruling party.

In a statement released by Rep. Chris Smith, a ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Congress also sent a strong warning to the Nigerian government and to INEC to ‘
announce without delay actual results — which are certified by party agents and observers — at each polling unit as the vote is tabulated’

Votes have ended in the presidential and National Assembly elections since Saturday and vote counting continues as Nigerians waited with bated breathe to know their leader for the next four years.

See the full statement below:

On the Elections in Nigeria

Washington, Feb 24, 2019 | Matt Hadro ((202) 225-3765)

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement on the elections in Nigeria:

“Yesterday, Nigeria voted. Today, votes are being counted. I am very concerned by credible reports that the vote is being tampered with. To avoid any manipulation of the tally, it is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announce without delay actual results — which are certified by party agents and observers — at each polling unit as the vote is tabulated.

“Well-placed sources report that in some states and localities — including Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia — INEC commissioners are receiving enormous pressure to alter poll results.  This must not be allowed to happen. 

“The eyes of the United States, of Africa, and the world are upon Nigeria and INEC.  I also ask Secretary Michael Pompeo to hold accountable anyone who seeks to cheat the Nigerian people — who have waited patiently — of their vote or foments violence.”

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