UN Envoy, Wike, call for credible polls in 2019

The United Nations and the International Community say that they are poised for credible 2019 polls in Nigeria.

Mohamed Ibn Chambers, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, made the pledge on Friday in Port Harcourt after a meeting with Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers.

He noted that they were working in synergy with the Federal, States and other agencies saddled with the functions of the conduct of elections toward credible polls.

According to Chambers, the essence of the meeting is to ensure credible polls in 2019 in Nigeria.

The UN Special Representative said that the meeting also centred on measures to build confidence among stakeholders in minimising crisis in the polity.

He said that they would work toward making the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to repose confidence in politicians.

The diplomat hailed Wike for providing modern office complex for United Nations’ agencies in the State.

In his response, the governor advised that elections should not be seen as warfare.

Wike said that the “winner takes it all’’ syndrome should be discouraged in the nation’s electoral system.

The governor said that consultations among stakeholders was important to ensure credible polls in 2019 and appealed to INEC to ensure fairness in the process.

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