Nigeria Elections: US, UK, warn against manipulation of results

The US and the United Kingdom on Monday, March 30, expressed concern over disturbed collation process of election results.

Philip Hammond, UK Foreign Secretary, and John Kerry, US Secretary of State, in a joint statement on the Nigerian elections, said, “ So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process – where the votes are finally counted – may be subject to deliberate political interference.”

According to them, any plans to change the results will contravene the letter and spirit of the Abuja Accord, to which both major parties committed themselves.

The statement read in part, “Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote of March 28. The Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders.

“The Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom would be very concerned by any attempts to undermine the independence of the Electoral Commission, INEC, or its Chairman, Prof Jega; or in any way distort the expressed will of the Nigerian people.”

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