Nigerian Coalition of parties demand postponement of Saturday's presidential polls; call rejected by government

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DEMAND: Nigeria’s main opposition parties have called for Saturday’s presidential election to be postponed.

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  1. alukome says:

    April 18, 2007 – 9:11 AM

    Nigeria government rejects election postponement
    ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s government on Wednesday rejected an opposition call to postpone next Saturday’s presidential election following widespread abuses in state polls last weekend.

    Information Minister Frank Nweke told Reuters: "This administration is committed to going through with the 2007 elections on schedule and handing over to a new government on May 29."

    An 18-member coalition of the main opposition parties early on Wednesday called for the indefinite postponement of the election, rejected the results of the regional poll and demanded the replacement of the official electoral commission.

    About 50 people were killed in election-day violence last Saturday amid widespread abuses across Africa’s most populous country and top oil producer.

    A grouping of local election observers said the results announced in 10 of 36 states did not reflect the will of the people and should be rejected.

    The European Union also criticised the conduct of the poll for state governors and said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should seriously consider re-running the election in several states.

    A statement issued after a long opposition meeting said: "Nigerians have lost confidence in the integrity of this government and its ability to conduct free, fair and credible elections."

    The elections are expected to lead to the first handover of power from one civilian president to another since independence from Britain in 1960.

    "The coalition calls on Nigerians to protest in a non-violent manner the sham elections so far conducted," the opposition statement said.

    Under Nigeria’s constitution, elections must be held by April 29, a month before the constitutional handover date of May 29.

  2. Ustrc says:

    Postpone is the right answer to the wrong problem. Why? Because postponement will only buy TIME. But lack of time isn’t the reason why the Obasanjo-Atiku government have been unable to organise credible elections since 1999. Lack of time isn’t the reason why Iwu’s INEC is both corrupt and incompetent. The issues here are much deeper and far more serious. If you postpone elections, then what? Interim government? Coup? Does anybody really believe that Obasanjo will allow himself to be impeached? Does anyone seriously expect Obasanjo to admit failure and hand over to Nnamani? Does anyone seriously expect Obasanjo to hand over to an electoral process over which he has no control?

    We are totally out of good options here, people. The elections must go on as scheduled, so that we can kick the election-rigging Obasanjo-Atiku regime out. Once they are out, and a new government is in, the judiciary can then adjudicate the rest of the election cases and determine the electoral positions where Nigerians have been disenfranchised. As long as this government Iwu’s INEC is in power, nothing will good will happen to the electoral process.

    Mark my words: Atiku will be just as high-handed as his boss and former rigging partners in the PDP. If Atiku wins, we will go through this same electoral sham in the next 4/8 years.

  3. Anonymous says:

    postponement is a challenge to those who are afraid of the saturday’s poll because of selfishness, selfcentred.

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