Anambra election must be credible, peaceful – TMG to INEC, security agencies

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The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has called for a credible and peaceful governorship election in Anambra State on Saturday.

TMG, the foremost independent civil society election observation organization in Nigeria, has over 400 member organizations.

On Friday, the Chairman, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, in a statement, encouraged voters to turn out en masse and vote.

The renowned activist said the poll was an opportunity for the people to exercise democratic rights and choose their leader.

Rafsanjani reminded security forces that their duty is to ensure hitch-free voting and urged them to respect human rights.

“Security agencies should live up to the principles of impartiality, neutrality, and statesmanship during the election,” he said.

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Director warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against partiality.

Rafsanjani enjoined the electorates, the civil society, traditional and community leaders, among others to ensure a peaceful process.

“The TMG will closely observe the electoral process and report any suspected case of violence and irregularities to relevant stakeholders.

“Though we witnessed a lot of attacks during the build-up to the election, it is necessary that we discourage the involvement of non-state actors in the political sphere,” he said.

“I also appeal to the media to monitor and report every irregularity that takes place in the election.”

Rafsanjani, Amnesty International BoT Chairman, advised journalists to stay safe and be watchful as they carry out their engagements.