The United Kingdom (UK), yesterday, disclosed that its observers in the last Saturday’s re-run in Rivers State observed irregularities around the voting.
In a statement made available by the Press and Public Affairs Officer of the British High Commission in Nigeria, Joe Abuku, the UK also expressed disappointment over reports of violence that characterised the polls.
“The British High Commission in Nigeria is disappointed by reports of violence, in particular against electoral officials (INEC), around the elections in Rivers State on 19 March 2016.
“UK observers in Rivers State saw irregularities around the voting and noted the low turn-out of voters at polling units which was in part a consequence of fear of violence,” it said.
It, however, urged the leadership of major political parties to encourage their supporters in Rivers to behave peacefully, while calling on those still dissatisfied to pursue resolution of their grievances through the courts in accordance with the rule of law.
Similarly, the United States (US) condemned reports of violence that surrounded the conduct of the polls.
The statement was made available by the US Embassy in Abuja.
“The US Embassy is concerned about reports of violence, including the possible targeting of electoral officials, and irregularities during re-run elections in Rivers State on March 19, 2016. We condemn the use of violence and disruptions of the democratic process.
“We call upon the leadership of Nigeria’s political parties to urge their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully throughout the electoral process. We call on those dissatisfied to pursue a resolution of their grievances peacefully in accordance with the rule of law,” it said.