Diaspora group seeks free and fair elections

The Council of Nigerian Associations Presidents in Australia, the apex leadership forum of Nigerians in the Australian diaspora, has urged the Federal Government to make every effort to ensure a free and fair general election. 

According to a CoNAPA statement issued on Tuesday, the organization is politically non-partisan, but has a vested interest in the greater good of Nigerians and the strengthening of mutually beneficial bilateral relations between the two great countries. 

CoNAPA represents the voice of Nigerian-Australian community leadership and is committed to the welfare of Nigerians in Australia and our ancestral homeland. It is comprised of the leadership of all Nigerian national associations across Australia's entire states and territories. 

Even though Nigeria faced numerous challenges, the statement noted that a democratic tradition had taken root in the country. 

According to the report, the 2023 general election will be pivotal because Nigerians will go to the polls to maintain faith in their cherished democratic ideals of electing leaders through the ballot box. 

While commending the President, Major General Muhammad Buhari's (retd.) firm commitment to free and fair elections, the group urged Nigerians to participate responsibly in the democratic process, as widely reported. 

"As an organization that thrives in a functional democracy and believes in the unity and progress of Nigeria through democratic means, we call on Nigerians to match President Buhari's avowed commitment to a free and fair election by avoiding any undemocratic behavior that may undermine the elections," the statement read in part. 

"We call on the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure a level playing field and ensure the elections are secure, free, fair and credibly conducted. The term "crisis" refers to the occurrence of a calamity that occurs during the course of a single day and is characterized by the presence of a crisis in the form of a calamity that occurs during the course of a single day and is characterized by the presence of a crisis in the 

The group is also proud of the Australian Government's enduring commitment to the deepening of democratic ideals around the world, according to the statement, and has called on the Australian Government to send election observers to monitor the elections in Nigeria. 

"Our call is based on Australia's firm belief that a democratic, stable, and prosperous Nigeria (the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa) is of strategic importance," the statement continued.

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