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Come out to vote today, TMG enjoins Nigerians


A voter uses a smartphone to photograph his details on a voters’ list displayed at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) central office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 8, 2019. – Nigerian voters will go to the polls on March 9 to elect governors and lawmakers in 29 of the nation’s 36 states two weeks after presidential and national assembly elections in which Buhari was elected for a second term. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

As the governorship and House of Assembly elections take place today, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has urged Nigerians to come out en-masse, cast their votes and participate actively to protect their mandate.

TMG says it is concerned about the low voter-turnout recorded in many states two weeks ago and they are of the opinion that elections will be more credible if more people participate and protect their mandates.

According to the group’s chairperson, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, “Nigerians should go out and vote. We urge our women and youths especially, to vote and elect leaders of their choice.” The group also urged INEC to address the many challenges from the last elections and called on civil groups, national and international observers to sustain surveillance on the electoral process, aftermaths the presidential elections to promote free, fair and credible elections.

Meanwhile, political parties and their agents have been called on to desist from turning today’s governorship and state assembly elections into war, but exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship in the contest.

African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) together with Priests, Peace and Justice Initiative (PPJ), the social arm of Palace of Priests Assembly (PPA), in a statement yesterday, urged them to shun contest for supremacy with arms and thugs.

The statement signed by programme manager of PPJ, Tive Denedo, and acting executive director of Centre LSD, Monday Osasah, noted with concern that “much of the violence associated with the election is perpetuated by political parties who would want to win at all costs.

Winning at all costs is a huge cost for the democratic process because at the end nobody really wins.”

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