The United States of America (U.S.A) has expressed confidence that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has the capability to conduct a free, fair and credible general election on February 25 and March 11.
U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, said only the votes that INEC counts that would be reckoned with.
The U.S ambassador reiterated her country’s seriousness to slam visa ban on anyone who attempts to scuttle the democratic process during the forthcoming polls.
Leonard stated this yesterday in Abuja at a multi-stakeholders’ dialogue, titled: Nigeria’s 2023 Election: Fostering Youth Action for Peace and Stability, organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Building Blocks for Peace Foundation.
The ambassador stressed that election results are not foretold; so, candidates should expect to either win or lose in an election.
“The United States has full confidence in INEC’s ability to organise and conduct credible and transparent elections. We saw INEC capabilities on display during the recent political run-off and off-cycle elections in Ekiti and Osun and we look forward to seeing that success extended nationwide during the February and March general election,” she said.
The ambassador added that the 2022 Electoral Act signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari boosted her confidence in the country’s electoral process.
“This key legislation has strengthened Nigeria’s electoral system, for example, through the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for voter accreditation and the electronic transmission of results. These are proven methods to improve transparency and drastically reduce the potential for vote-tampering,” she explained.