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Nigerian electoral chief tasks politicians on good conduct during polls

04-02-2011 16:40 BJT

ABUJA, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Chairman of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Atahiru Jega has advised politicians to display good conduct during the April general elections in the country to ensure their success.

Jega said in a live broadcast late on Friday in Abuja that political parties and candidates must not take the elections as a do-or-die affair.

"As aspirants to lead our country, it is incumbent upon you to conduct your selves in a way that sets an example for constructive and congenial political discourse and contestation in the common interest of Nigeria," the INEC chief said.

He urged them to advise their supporters to be peaceful, non- violent and to pursue peaceful means of resolving disputes.

Jega advised Nigerians who were not registered for the elections to stay away from polling units.

He said INEC, in collaboration with security agencies, would arrest and prosecute anyone that engaged in multiple registration or underage registrants found at polling units.

The INEC boss urged stakeholders to seek free, fair, credible and peaceful elections with a commitment to restore confidence, dispel fear and move the nation away from the mistakes of the past.

"Bringing this about is important to the future of our nation, therefore we must not fail and we must get it right," he added.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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