EU: Nigerian vote not credible

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OBSERVATION: Chief EU observer Max van den Berg told a news conference that state elections held on April 14 as well as a presidential and parliamentary vote on April 21 "have fallen far short of basic international requirement standards for democratic elections".

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3 Responses to “EU: Nigerian vote not credible”

  1. alukome says:

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  2. alukome says:


    Total Rubbish: Local, Foreign Observers Condemn Elections

    By: admin

    Published: 2007/4/23 – Read 413 times Article Rated: 0.00

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    Widespread condemnations have trailed the 14 April and 21 April governorship, presidential and National Assembly elections across the country. Local and international observers who monitored the polls have been unsparing in their condemnation of the sham elections that were characterised by barefaced rigging, killings, arson ballot-box stuffing and snatching, thumb-printing of ballot papers, doctoring of results, and all manner of shortcomings on the part of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies.

    A question mark was put on the credibility of the polls by the 59-member delegation sponsored by the Washington, DC-based International Republican Institute (IRI).

    In a statement it issued in the wake of the elections held on 14 April, it said the polls

  3. alukome says:

    WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday that Nigeria’s presidential election was flawed but stopped short of calling for the poll to be overturned or for a re-run.

    The ballot for the first handover of power from one civilian leader to another in Nigeria was undermined by ballot-stuffing, violence and a shortage of millions of voting papers on Saturday.

    "These were flawed elections and in some cases deeply flawed elections," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, who said he hoped these problems would be resolved peacefully and according to Nigeria’s constitution.

    Asked whether the United States wanted a re-run of the poll, McCormack said Washington was not calling for such a move.

    But he said challenges to the election results should be made according to Nigerian law and that this was a decision to be taken by Nigerians.

    "While everybody can applaud the effort of the Nigerian people in participating in these elections, the process really did not meet the hopes and the standards the Nigerians themselves set out," McCormack told reporters.

    European Union observers have also said Nigeria’s presidential election could not be considered credible. Umaru Yar’Adua of the ruling People’s Democratic Party was named winner of the poll by the country’s electoral commission chief.

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