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Desalegn to head AU election mission in Nigeria

Published: February 09, 2019 14:18:53 | Updated: February 12, 2019 13:04:55

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Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will lead an African Union (AU) election observation mission to observe Nigeria's upcoming general polls, an AU official has said.

AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Minata Samate Cessouma said Desalegn will head an AU election observation mission to observe the general elections in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.

He said this while addressing a press conference at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa Friday, reports Xinhua.

"Nigeria is a very important country for the whole of Africa, in terms of population and economy. We don't need any conflict resulting from the election,” Cessouma said.

“All partners including the AU will work together to ensure free, fair and democratic elections are held in Nigeria," he added.

Nigeria will hold this year's general elections on Feb. 16 to elect the president and national assembly members, and on March 2 to elect state governors and state houses of assembly members.

In January, the Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commission announced that more than 84 million Nigerians have registered to vote in the general elections, representing about 42 per cent of the country's population.

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