by Kolapo Olapoju
Following the postponement of the general elections by INEC, the United States, has expressed it’s disappointment over the course of action.
The US had earlier implored on Nigeria not to push forward the elections, however, on Saturday, February 7, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), announced a postponement of the polls.
A statement released by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that political interference with INEC, is ‘unacceptable’, adding that the international community will keep a close watch on the Nigerian government as it prepares for the new election dates.
Kerry’s statement, which was released on Saturday, said: “The United States is deeply disappointed by the decision to postpone Nigeria’s presidential election, which had been scheduled for February 14.”
“Political interference with the Independent National Electoral Commission is unacceptable, and it is critical that the government not use security concerns as a pretext for impeding the democratic process. The international community will be watching closely as the Nigerian government prepares for elections on the newly scheduled dates. The United States underscores the importance of ensuring that there are no further delays.”
“As I reaffirmed when I visited Lagos last month, we support a free, transparent, and credible electoral process in Nigeria and renew our calls on all candidates, their supporters, and Nigerian citizens to maintain calm and reject election-related violence.”