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Do not alter poll results, US top officials warns INEC, politicians

Valentine Chinyem

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Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, has warned politicians and the Independent National Electoral  Commission (INEC), to desist from altering poll results from last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly Polls in favour of any political party or group.

According to the statement which was published in February 24, there are reports of politicians and INEC officials making attempts to alter votes from Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and others.

It urged INEC to announce the winners without delays, and also warned them to desist from publishing falsified results as the world has its eyes on them.

Read statement below: “Yesterday, Nigeria voted. Today, votes are being counted. I am very concerned by credible reports that the vote is being tampered with. To avoid any manipulation of the tally, it is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announce without delay actual results — which are certified by party agents and observers — at each polling unit as the vote is tabulated.
“Well-placed sources report that in some states and localities — including Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia — INEC commissioners are receiving enormous pressure to alter poll results. This must not be allowed to happen.

“The eyes of the United States, of Africa, and the world are upon Nigeria and INEC. I also ask Secretary Michael Pompeo to hold accountable anyone who seeks to cheat the Nigerian people — who have waited patiently — of their vote or foments violence.”