Malawi former president Bakili Muluzi who is leading a 10-member Commonwealth Observer in Nigeria elections on Wednesday met incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan at State House and said the west African country should “set a good example” in conducting a credible elections.
Muluzi said their mandate is to observe and assess the pre-election period, activities on polling day and the post-election period.
“In our meeting with President Jonathan, we wanted his assuarance that the elections will be transparent, credible and peaceful,” said Muluzi.
“He assured us that after signing Peace AAccord with the opposition, all is being done to ensure peaceful and credible elections.
“We emphasised that Nigeria being a key player internationally,it has to set a good example in conducting credible elections,” he added.
Muluzi said the Commonwealth group will consider all factors relating to the credibility of the electoral processes.
“We will assess whether the elections are conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which Nigeria has committed itself, including the constitutional framework and the other international commitments.
“As we undertake this assessment and conduct our duties, we will be objective, independent and impartial.”
Muluzi also said that the group would liaise with other observer missions in the country to “understand their experiences and exchange ideas and information”.
He added that the group would issue a statement shortly after the elections and a report would be submitted thereafter to the Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Muluzi, however, said that the group would “not take the risk” in deploying members to the North-Eastern part of the country due to security concerns.
He said that the group had met with the INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega to inform the commission of the preparations it had made for covering the elections.
According to him, the group will also meet with other relevant stakeholders in the coming days.
The commonwealth observer group is made up of ten members drawn from across the commonwealth community including current and former politicians, members of parliament and members of national electoral commissions.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :