Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS chair meets with Jonathan, head of INEC

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ahead of Saturday's presidential and federal parliamentary elections in Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Chairman and Ghanaian President John Draman Mahma Tuesday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria.

President Mahma, who held talks with President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe airport in Abuja, stressed the need for a peaceful election.

He also called on Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that all political parties were given fair treatment in the conduct of the polls.

Mahma described the 28 March and 11 April elections as a significant signpost of the maturity of democratic process in the continent.

“It is a critical election for Nigeria and it will be one more indication for the world that Nigeria is a democratic country and ruled by tenets of good governance and rule of law. And so, we want to wish you all the best,” he said.

The ECOWAS chairman also met with the leadership of INEC to look at their state of preparedness.

According to him, ECOWAS believed that following the postponement of the election, from the 14 February to 28 March has given the INEC enough time to meet all its processes and be in readiness to ensure that voters are not disenfranchised and that the results of the elections are accepted.

"We expect that there will be no post-election violence and that all the parties involved in the election would accept the results of the election in good faith.

"As you know, Nigeria is a very important member of ECOWAS. The largest economy, the largest nation in the ECOWAS region and so Nigeria's safety and security is the safety of and security of the whole of ECOWAS region.

"And, so I stand on behalf of all the Presidents of ECOWAS and wish that all Nigerians will come out and express their votes and their votes would count towards electing who becomes the next leader of this country," Mahma said.
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23 march 2015 19:00:04

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