A group, Initiative to Save Democracy, has described the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections as “largely peaceful.”
The group in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, February 25 and signed by its convener; Sunday Akinloye James, also commended the huge voter turnout across the country.
The group also praised the The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of the polls, saying the electoral body has redeemed its battered image.
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Part of the statement read: “We want to express our satisfaction at the just concluded February 23rd Presidential, Senatorial and House of Representatives election held across the 36states of the federation.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indeed done a great job in ensuring a successful election without any interference from government and international agents.
“However, we observed that there are were challenges experienced across the country during the elections: the late delivery of materials and arrival of polling officials in some places, violence in some areas and activities of thugs.
“Against all odds, arrival of electoral materials at units was still recorded at over 80%.
“An item we believe must be improved on is communication by INEC to members of the public and major stakeholders as this will further project their institution as transparent, uncompromised, unbiased and credible.
“It is safe to say that INEC has redeemed its almost battered image by successfully conducting a difficult election with 71 Presidential candidates on the ballot, the difficulty that arises from this abundance of candidates cannot be overemphasized.”
The group further commended the Niegria police and other security agencies stationed in polling units across the country.
According to them, the security agencies were largely able to maintain peaceful conduct in a majority of polling units and, “also restored peace in areas that had outbreaks of violence.”
The group also commended the Nigeria Army for responding to distress calls from Nigerians during the polls.
“We congratulate Nigerians for their considerably impressive turnout in ensuring a successful conduct and ensuring that their votes counted despite the circumstances of postponement which we feared would lead to voter apathy. They are the winners. They have shown that the Nigerian people are patriotic and poised to ensuring that democracy is indeed the government of the people, by the people and for the people,” the group stated.
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Similarly, the Global Economic Policy Initiative has commended 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.
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