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General poll contestants urged to embrace calm

15 December 2014, 18:25

Abuja - All candidates that will contest next year's general elections have been urged to eschew all forms of hate speech and desist from any form of posturing capable of inflaming passions.

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a pro-democracy organisation, said this was crucial based on the fact that the country was already passing through difficult times.

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"We welcome the candidates of the two major parties, the ruling People's Democratic Party and the opposition All Progressives Congress. We congratulate the standard bearers of the two major parties, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari for winning their party tickets to vie for the office of President, come February 14, 2014," stated TMG.

"The feats achieved by these candidates are a demonstration of the confidence reposed in them by their different party faithful. For us at
TMG, the triumph of these Nigerians in their party primaries puts on their shoulders a heavy burden of responsibility towards ensuring the 2015 electoral process is free, fair, transparent and violence free."

The group called on the candidates to "play the game of politics with utmost decorum and statesmanship."

"TMG presumes that the candidates are in the race with the mind of rendering selfless service to the nation. This singular motivation implies that as they slug it out in the Presidential race, they should at all time take actions that would guarantee the best interest of the nation. In elections all over the world, there are bound to be winners and losers; candidates must imbibe the true spirit of sportsmanship as they go into this contest."

The group assured the candidates and political parties that it is putting a close eye on the electoral process to ensure it is free, fair and
transparent. "Using our globally tested Quick Count methodology, which is also known as the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT), we will be observing critical Election Day processes come February 14, 2015," said TMG.

Terror acts, intra and inter-party tensions have characterised the run-up to the election.

The poll is projected to be a tough contest between President Jonathan's People's Democratic Party and former military head of stat's Buhari.

- CAJ News


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