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Don’t Break The Law On Results Announcement, US Tells Nigerians  

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The United States has called on Nigerians especially those on social media not to violate the provisions of the electoral act by announcing results.

According to the US, since INEC is the only institution recognised by law to announce elections results, said no one should break the law by announcing results.

A statement issued by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington advised Nigerians to respect the sanctity of the law.

“I congratulate the tens of millions of Nigerians who stood patiently in long lines to vote this week and the hundreds of thousands who worked together with INEC to conduct the elections.”

“As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, this election was predominantly peaceful, and it was proof of the Nigerian people’s resolute commitment to choose their leaders.”

“The peaceful achievement of millions was shadowed by the violence of a few.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and we urge all candidates to honor the Peace Accord they signed,” the Ambassador said.

According to Symington, “All should convince those who support them to refrain from using force or violence to interfere with INEC.

No one should break the law by announcing results before INEC does, or break the peace by claiming victory before the results are final.

Everyone has a common interest in showing patience as INEC collates and announces the election results.”

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