Polls Shift: Mark Sues For Peace, Drums Support For INEC

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6f419e72c507feb17578d6db5cfe08c6Senate President David Mark has urged Nigerians to shun acts capable of causing chaos in the country, in reaction to the shift in dates of the 2015 general elections.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh on Tuesday, Mark enjoined Nigerians to put the country first rather than being partisan.

He said it was important that everyone involved in the elections should be on the same page for peace to reign in order to achieve a free and fair elections.

“To conduct a peaceful, free, fair and credible election that meets international best practices, unarguably demands that all stakeholders and participants be on the same wave length.

“Any of the steps not taken or subverted could produce a questionable result, that is why, we must all be careful in what we do or say”, Mr. Mark said.

“I believe all Nigerians, both partisan and nonpartisan are passionate and indeed desirous of a successful election for the good of our nation.

“Let us give peace a chance. Let us dutifully follow the laws and rules and make a success of the situation”, he added.

The senate president said the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should not be condemned for rescheduling the polls, adding that what the commission needs instead, is the support and understanding from the international community in this regard.

It would be recalled that postponement of the polls has stirred widespread controversy across Nigeria with the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, accusing the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Presidency of being behind the move.

The PDP and Presidency have both denied the accusations.

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