Elections: UN urges mass voter turnout

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By Sadiya Hamza

New York- UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has Nigerians turn out in large numbers to exercise their franchise during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.


In a statement on issued on Friday night in New York, Ban welcomed the progress made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the preparations for the elections.

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It said Ban welcomed the joint statement signed the auspices of the National Peace by President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in which they renewed their pledge for peaceful free, fair and credible elections.

He called on the candidates and their supporters resolve disputes that arise from the electoral process peaceful means.

”The success of the polls is the responsibility of all Nigerian actors: the electoral authorities, security agencies, political parties, candidates, religious leaders, civil society and voters,” he said.

The secretary- hoped that the elections would be transparent, inclusive, and peaceful.

”The relevant national authorities must be accountable the Nigerian people to ensure that this is the case.

”The international community has high expectations that Nigeria will provide leadership in setting a high for this election,” he said.(NAN)