The British High Commission has cautioned that serious consequences await politicians and their supporters who attempt to impact or incite violence during the 2019 election.
A statement delivered to DAILY POST on Thursday by the mission noted that the UK is a buddy and partner of Nigeria and will continue to help Nigeria take a further phase towards consolidating the progress made since democracy returned in 1999.
It reads: “ 23 days to the Presidential and National Assembly polls and 37 days to the Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections, the Uk High Commission in Abuja would like to reaffirm our strong support for free, reasonable and peaceful elections in Nigeria.
“ We and the international partners remain committed supporters of Nigeria’ s democracy. We usually do not support any party or individual and believe that the Nigerian people will be able to choose their leaders in an environment free from hate speech and insecurity.
“ We continue to provide significant support to Nigeria’ s Impartial National Electoral Commission and to Nigerian civil society to help them deliver reputable elections.
“ We also regularly engage with actors across the politics spectrum to encourage them to respect electoral rules and maintain an atmosphere of peacefulness and calm.
“ We will be deploying an extensive observation mission for that forthcoming elections, including coordinating with the EU’ s Election Observation Mission.
“ Our monitors will, in particular, be looking out for any attempts in order to encourage or use violence to influence the elections, including on social networking.
“ We would like to remind all Nigerians that where the UNITED KINGDOM is aware of such attempts, this may have consequences for individuals.
“ These types of could include their eligibility to travel to the UK, their ability to access UK dependent funds or lead to prosecution under international law. ”
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