Chris Smith – a current member of the United States House of Representatives, has expressed his concerns over alleged rigging in the just concluded elections in Nigeria.
The lawmaker, Chris Smith In his speech emphasized how important it is for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce the results of the just concluded election without further delay.
According to Smith, credible reports have shown that there were a lot of electoral irregularities in some vicinities. These vicinities where there were irregularities were in states like Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, Abia, and a few others. The lawmaker made it clear that there would be consequence for anyone who tried to compromise the electoral process in Nigeria. The lawmaker raised his concerns over reports of reported vote buying and vote manipulations during the 2019 general elections that have just been concluded in Nigeria. Chris Smith – a notable member of the US House Subcommittee on Africa – explained in a statement that it was imperative for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce the election results with immediate effect.
According to the lawmaker, the eyes of Africa, the world, and the US in particular are upon Nigeria and INEC. He also iterated that he has asked the US Secretary of State – Mike Pompeo – to hold accountable anybody who tries to cheat Nigerians of their vote and patience.
In the meantime, the West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) has a sent out a statement on the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly Elections. WANEP – a partner to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on civil society – has put in a lot of efforts to help achieve and maintain peaceful elections in countries across West Africa. WANEP has given kudos to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nigerians at large for the way the elections were conducted.