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US says vote buying may affect Nigeria’s election results

U.S. deputy UN ambassador Jonathan Cohen speaks after members of the United Nations General Assembly voted on whether to allow the Palestinians to procedurally act like a member state during meetings in 2019 when they will chair the group of 77 developing nations at the United Nations in New York, U.S., October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The United States on Thursday warned that with party agents and leaders openly offering people cash for votes, it is feared that money could be the determining factor in Nigeria’s upcoming elections.

Addressing a UN Security Council meeting on West Africa, US Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Cohen urged Nigerian authorities, politicians, civil society and community leaders to ensure the vote is free and fair.

The United States sees a “risk that widespread vote-buying could challenge the integrity of the election process,” said Cohen.

“We are concerned about reports of intimidation and partisanship by security forces, heightened insecurity and inability of internally displaced persons or persons with disabilities to vote,” he said.

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