The Global Economic Policy Initiative has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the security agencies for a “largely peaceful and orderly general election.”
The group in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, February 25 and signed by its chairman, Bernard Okri, stated that the observations it made from its situation room showed that the conduct of the Presidential and National elections were largely peaceful, orderly with votes counting.
Part of the statement read: “We have taken a granular look and appreciation of the reports of the conduct of the election from all 36 states of the federation, and we are generally impressed by what we have seen and in some cases, witnessed.
“The voter turnout was largely impressive given the postponement of the election and the presumption that there would be voter apathy as a result.
“Despite violence in some areas in states like Benue, Rivers, Lagos, Zamfara and Ebonyi, the general outlook of the elections was largely peaceful; security agents were seen across polling units.”
The group further observed that people who came out to vote were orderly in their conduct, queuing appropriately, and waiting for the votes to count even up till midnight in some case.
It went further to state that INEC had proven itself a credible electoral umpire, despite the postponement of the elections.
“We commend INEC for the job done. It was tough, tedious and with a tyranny of expectations, they were able to pull through across the country,” the group stated.
The group noted that with 71 presidential candidates on the ballot sheet and over 80 million registered voters, INEC had a very difficult job to do, and it did it well going by the turn out of events.
The group also commended Nigerians for their believe in democracy and their determination to ensure that their votes counted.
Similarly, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has commended the INEC and security agencies for their dedication and professionalism during the elections.
The mission in a statement signed by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; former Liberian president and leader of the ECOWAS observation mission, noted that the voting process went on smoothly despite the widespread delays witnessed at the commencement of the polls.
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ECOWAS also applauded the effective presence of security agencies at various polling units for maintaining peaceful order and curtailing outbreak of violence experienced in some places.
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