UN threatens to prosecute promoters of violence
Written by Taiwo Adediran on March 19, 2015
The United Nations has threatened sanction on anyone who promotes violence before, during and after the nation’s elections.
The UN praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its preparations so far.
UN’s Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, spoke for the global body in Abuja yesterday in the company of the UN’s Secretary General’s High Level Representative to Nigeria, Mohammed Ibn Chambas.
Feltman, who completed a two-day official visit to the country yesterday, said after meeting with key stakeholders in the nation’s electoral process, he was convinced that many of them appreciate the need for a violence-free election and pledged to work towards it.
“I encourage all to work together to create an environment conducive for a violence-free and credible elections, and ensure that all Nigerians can freely exercise their constitutional right to vote, including those displaced by violence in the Northeast.
“I urge political actors, particularly the candidates, to resolve any electoral disputes through existing legal and constitutional means.
“Especially, given the important role Nigeria plays in the region and globally, the international community is closely watching the elections in Nigeria and that any persons responsible for violence will be held accountable.”
“In the view of the UN, INEC has made noteworthy progress in the preparations for the elections, including the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and the testing of card readers, despite the tight schedule and logistical challenges’