In a statement issued on Monday by Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights he said “Canada is concerned that Nigeria’s general elections have been postponed”.
“The people of Nigeria must be allowed to exercise their democratic right to choose their representatives through free, fair, peaceful and credible elections”, the statement said. “All institutions of state as well as political parties and candidates, must uphold democratic values”.
The statement urged Nigeria’s security agencies to be impartial in providing security during and after elections.
“It is particularly important that security agencies provide security for elections in an impartial manner.
“It is also important that journalists are allowed unfettered access in reporting on the election process”, the statement added.
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