The United States has expressed disappointment at the quality of Nigeria’s 2019 elections, reflecting on reports of low voter turnout, voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.
It called on all stakeholders to work towards a free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful process, especially for those who would participate in Saturday’s supplementary polls in some states.
The US Embassy, in a statement on Thursday, commended Nigerians for their commitment towards a smooth democratic process, noting that it would continue to follow closely the ongoing polls.
It said, “As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow closely the still ongoing elections. We do not have a preferred party or candidate.
“As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, we too were disappointed by the low voter turnout as well as credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.
“We are saddened by those acts of violence and extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, including those who worked for the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security services.”
The Mission expressed support for a democratic process “where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.”