Polls: UK to deploy 100 observers in 15 states


The United Kingdom says it will deploy more than 100 observers in  15 states for the elections which begin on Saturday.



The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing, said this on Tuesday while discussing the UK’s efforts to support free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.



According to Laing,  the UK respects  Nigeria’s sovereignty and will  help it to strengthen its democracy.



Speaking as a guest on Nigerian Info FM in Abuja, she said, “As an independent observer country, we respect Nigeria’s sovereignty; it is our job to stand with the people of Nigeria in this democratic journey.”



Laing added, “The process is what matters to us. This is why we will be deploying over 100 observers in  15 states to support observer missions from the European Union, United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria and other local observers.



“We are confident that many things have been put in place since 2015 to strengthen the process. We’ve invested heavily as a partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission and civil societies to strengthen those institutions and make the process stronger.”
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