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2019: We will follow elections closely - US, UK, 22 other countries tell Nigeria

- International community has promised to monitor the 2019 general elections in Nigeria closely

- The international community has also urged the political and non-political actors to take a firm stance against violence

As Nigeria moves closer to the 2019 general elections, the international community has announced its decision to watch and monitor the campaign and election process closely to prevent manipulation and rigging.

The international community which comprises of the United Kingdom, The United States of America and the European Uninon has also warned against violence during the election period, The Sun reports.

Other international bodies who come together to release a statement about the 2019 general election in Nigeria are: France, Germany, Australia, Austria and Bulgaria. Others were Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

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The statement read: “As friends of Nigeria and its people, we will follow the campaigns and election process closely. Who wins the elections is for the Nigerian people to decide. Our concern is to see a process leading to free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections.

“We hope to see transparent campaigns and we urge all voters to use their democratic right and vote. We are particularly keen to see greater participation of women, youth and people living with disabilities.

“We urge all involved, political and non-political actors, to refrain from using hate speech and take a firm stance against violence.

“The 2015 Peace Accords played an important role in that regard and we welcome new efforts towards that end. We were gravely concerned over widespread incidents of intimidation, interference and vote-buying during the recent gubernatorial elections. We were also perturbed by irregularities and violence during party primaries, and noted with particular concern, that several women candidates were disenfranchised.”

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Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday inaugurated campaign manual for his re-election in 2019 with a call on politicians to be peaceful and decent in their campaigns and avoid any act capable of setting the nation ablaze.

Speaking at the launch of the Campaign Manual/Next Level Document at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the president said the call had become imperative in view of the commencement of campaigns by political parties across the country.

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