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Rights group appeals for calm during Osun polls

08 August 2014, 21:33

Abuja - The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has appealed to members of the public in Osun State to embrace peace during this weekend's governorship election.

The group, in a statement signed by Ibrahim Zikirullahi, its chairman, urged voters to come out in numbers to exercise their democratic right.

"Democracy affirms the right of the people to freely elect those who will govern them. This is an inalienable right that is guaranteed by the supreme law of the land and other international instruments. We therefore urge Osun voters to be peaceful in their conduct, and exercise their franchise with a realization of the scared mandate they have in their hands," the group stated ahead of the poll.

The group also called on the people to vote according to their conscience and shunned groups that might be attempting to sway or induce them to sell their votes.

"Your vote is your power, and it must be used judiciously to enthrone a government that will be responsive to the wishes and aspirations of you, the people."

Also read: Military warn impersonators in Osun poll

According to the group, the atmosphere in Osun has been charged by violent and inciting accusations between the political parties.

This is not the spirit of electoral competition which it had been tirelessly advocating for, it stated.

"It is however not too late to shun divisive and inciting rhetoric. TMG wishes to use this opportunity for the umpteenth time to call on the political gladiators to eschew all forms of violent speech, as well as other forms of reckless posturing capable of disrupting the peace before, during and after the elections. If truly the people are the motivating factor for the aspirations of the politicians, then the desperation, as well the rancorous manner with which they have always approached electoral contests here would not be necessary," stated TMG.

TMG in partnership with other civil society organizations will be deploying about 1 000 observers for Saturday's.

- CAJ News

Also read: Election riggers nabbed in Osun


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