By Tunde Rahman
Barely two weeks to the Presidential and National Assembly elections, monitoring teams from international organizations have started arriving Nigeria.
Just a few days ago, the United States Secretary of State John Kerry had met with President Goodluck Jonathan and retired General Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) respectively, on the need to adhere to the principles of election and respect the outcome of the February 14 elections.
According to our correspondent, a large number of the observers were sent to South-east Nigeria considering the widespread rigging and manipulation that characterized the 2011 elections in the region.
Speaking under condition of anonymity, an observer said, “We are in Nigeria to monitor the polls. This is another milestone in the history of Nigeria and we are here to complement other stakeholders in promoting good democratic values. We would not interfere but observe the process from the pre-election to the post- election era. At the end of the exercise, we will collate our reports and send to our head office for necessary action.
“With a special focus on South-eastern and Northern states, we have commenced the installation of our ICT- based apparatuses to enable us have a wide coverage of the election process. We are working closely with international security agencies to prosecute election defaulters.”.