President Jonathan – Vote for candidates of your choice
President Goodluck Jonathan urged Nigerians to turn out in large numbers on Saturday 16th April
2011 presidential election to vote for candidates of their choice. He made the comment during his
meeting with former Ghanaian President and leader of the African Union (AU) Election Observation
Mission to the Nigerian Presidential Elections.
President Jonathan said."I thank Nigerians for the large turnout during the National Assembly
elections held last Saturday and urge them all to turn out en masse during the presidential
elections next Saturday, and the subsequent elections, to vote for candidates of their choice,"
President Jonathan reassured Mr Kufuor and the international community that the federal
government will not interfere with INEC or the electoral process. He also said Nigeria has a duty
to conduct free and fair elections, in order to live up to the leadership responsibility it has on the
continent, and to be able to admonish others who may not feel obliged to do the same.
"Government will support the electoral body and security agencies to deliver credible, free and
fair elections," he said. Mr Kufuor said the 40-man AU Election Observation Mission in Nigeria for
the presidential election has been deployed to four political zones, and will depart next week after
discharging their duty.
President Jonathan received the leaders of two other election observation missions: former prime
minister of Slovenia, Alojz Peterle, leading the 140-man European Union (EU) Election Observation
Mission; and Amos Sawyer, former President of Liberia, at the helm of the 300-man ECOWAS
Election Observer Mission.
Mr. Peterle said his team were pleased with the "peaceful, positive" elections held last Saturday, and
assured President Jonathan that their "reports will be based on our own personal observations, not