Nigerians have been urged to accept “in good faith” the outcome of the just concluded presidential and National Assembly elections staged on Saturday across the country.
The call was made by the Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Nigeria and former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during a briefing on the mission’s preliminary declaration on the elections in Abuja on Sunday night.
According to Sirleaf, the just concluded polls were largely peaceful and transparent as voters were able to freely exercise their civic rights.
She said; “The mission commends the general public and the voters for their patience and determination to exercise their civic responsibility.
“The Mission calls on the INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) and other stakeholders to approach the final phases of the electoral process with fairness and transparency until the announcement of the final results.
“The mission appeals to party leaders, candidates, their supporters and the press to show tolerance and restraint leading up to, and after the announcement of the results.
“In the spirit of the commitment made in the Peace Accord of 13 February, the mission urges the candidates to accept the verdict of the polls in good faith, and in case of complaints, to seek redress by legal means solely.”
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