The United States Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor Nagy has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is capable of conducting a free, fair and credible election in 2019.
Nagy, who is on a visit to the country, noted that the task before the commission was very difficult, but he was positive that the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC would do a job in the 2019 general polls.
“Nigeria has been an example of a model of the kind of democratic processes, which would be wonderful to have throughout the African continent, he said.
“Not only is Nigeria the largest African country and economy in Africa, but the last election in 2015 was an absolute positive example on how an election should be conducted and so much of the credit goes to the commission for their phenomenal positive and very objective work in managing those elections.
“So, we have every confidence that the commission would be up to the task, which we all know is a very difficult task, given the enormity of the process. So, we are very encouraged by what we heard today.”
Responding to questions from reporters regarding U.S. interest in the 2019 election, Nagy emphasised that the U.S. does not have any candidate in the 2019 election.
“We don’t care who wins but the process,” he said.
He said while Nigerians have absolute right to choose their leaders, the process through which such leaders emerged must be transparent, free and fair to all.
The envoy, therefore, urged politicians and security agencies to shun activities capable of discrediting the outcome of the 2019 election.
The Nation Newspaper