This statement was made on his Twitter handle, on Tuesday, where he encouraged Nigerians to work together..
“It is absolutely important for the citizens of Nigeria to personally take part in the elections beginning right now by making sure they know what their rights are.
“It is very important that you work together to ensure your votes count”.
The US expects a free, credible, transparent and peaceful exercise, Symington stated further.
#NigeriaDecides2019: We look forward to witnessing an electoral process that is transparent, credible, free, fair, and peaceful. Election that reflects the true will of the Nigerian people pic.twitter.com/3jYZG0VGUS
— U.S. Mission Nigeria (@USEmbassyAbuja) February 5, 2019
He requested Nigerians that utilise the opportunity provided by elections as it is one of their civio rights.
“As we get ready for your elections, one of the most important things is that there is level playing field, meaning that no officials, no security forces, no electoral officials, no politicians seek to influence you in a way that is not consistent with Nigerian law.
The elections are only one part of the democratic process but what is important is the final days of the elections, he explained further.
“Elections are only one part of the democratic process. The words and the actions that happen in these final days and all the work of government afterwards, are as important to democracy as the elections themselves”.
He also advised that actions of politicians and all those working in the government should be consistent with the laws, as it is their individual responsibility to do so
Nigerians should always have three things in mind while casting their votes for the candidates of their choice, he said.
He went further to State that he was optimistic that the forthcoming elections would be better than the previous ones, as he wished Nigeriana a successful elections.
The tweet of the U.S Mission Nigeria’s message was retweeted by the United Kingdom, which agreed with the U.S on the expectations of the forthcoming elections.
The UK Tweet reads: “The UK stands alongside @USEmbassyAbuja and @EUinNigeria in supporting a free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful election process.’’
— UK in Nigeria🇬🇧 (@UKinNigeria) February 5, 2019