The Commonwealth has said it understands and respects the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone Nigeria’s 2015 general election by six weeks.
The Commonwealth Observer Group, chaired by former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi made this known via a statement signed on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, adding that the decision was taken by INEC under difficult circumstances.
The group had arrived Nigeria on Saturday, February 7, 2015 following an invitation by INEC, just hours before the postponement was announced.
The statement read: “The Commonwealth Observer Group arrived the country on February 7, following an invitation from INEC to observe all the elections.
“The invitation was also to consider all factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process as a whole.
“Soon after our arrival, we were informed of the decision taken by the chairman of INEC to postpone these elections by six weeks in light of the security situation facing Nigeria.
“We understand and respect this decision, taken in difficult circumstances. We look forward to the rescheduled elections taking place on 28 March, to enable the people of Nigeria exercise their democratic right.”
“We further urge all stakeholders to remain calm and patient and to give the commission the support it needs to deliver these important elections.
“The group encourages the relevant authorities to do their utmost to ensure the safety and security of all citizens. And deliver the conditions which are conducive for a peaceful and credible poll.”