International election observers call for calm in Nigeria

International election observers call for calm in Nigeria
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The heads of international election observation missions and the United Nations in Nigeria have called on Nigerians to remain calm.
Hours before polls were to open the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the 2019 general elections due to logistical and operational challenges until 23 February.
"While we note that this decision has caused disappointment for many, we call on all Nigerians to continue to remain calm and supportive of the electoral process as INEC works to implement its new timeline," read a statement issued by the observers on Saturday.
They also urged "INEC to use this time to finalise all preparations and ensure that the new election dates are strictly adhered to".
The observers encouraged INEC to provide regular updates and information to the public on its preparations in the coming days and weeks to enhance confidence and trust in the process.
As we continue to closely observe preparations across the country, we stand in solidarity with the people of Nigeria in their desire for credible and peaceful elections.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia, Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Jakaya Kikwete, Former President of Tanzania, Rupiah Banda, Former President of Zambia, Maria Arena, Belgian Member of the European Parliament and Festus Mogae, Former President of Botswana are some of the heads of observer missions who issued the statement.