Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, has expressed concern over the postponement of Nigeria’s general election to March 28, saying that any further delay could undermine the credibility of the elections.
Speaking in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, Anan said: “Successful elections depend not only on security and logistics, but also on trust. This postponement, though perhaps necessary to shore up security but runs the risk of eroding the trust of the electorate.
“Ensuring free, fair, peaceful and timely elections is a collective responsibility”.
He added: “In the spirit of the Abuja Accord, I urge Nigeria’s authorities to work with INEC, the political parties, the security forces and civil society to ensure that the new deadline they have set themselves is met. Any further delay could undermine the legitimacy of the outcome of the elections and provoke instability”