- The INEC has hit back at US embassy in Nigeria on the latter's comment on the 2019 general elections
- US had earlier said it was disappointed in the violence that marred Nigeria's general polls
- However, INEC, while appreciating US' concern, said no election is perfect in the world
In what seems to be a rob-hitting rejoinder ahead of the supplementary election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to an earlier comment by the US embassy in Nigeria on the 2019 general elections.
Legit.ng recalls that US had said it was disappointed that the February 23 and March 9 elections were characterised by indefensible breaches of electoral laws.
US also said it was looking to partner with Nigeria in promoting its nascent democracy through a credible electoral conduct in March 23 supplementary election.
Reacting to the statement, INEC's chief press secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the election held so far was by "no means perfect" and successful.
He added that contrary to US imagination, no country in the world has conducted election bereft of imperfection, Sahara Reporters reports.
He said: "As one of our important partners, the Independent National Electoral Commission appreciates the United States’ interest and support for Nigeria’s electoral process.
“However, there is no country in the world where general elections are perfect from the beginning to the end.
''In our reckoning, coupled with various reports released by local and international observers so far, the 2019 general elections were a success, but by no means perfect."
The commission expressed gratitude to US for its concern on the election. It, however, added that it would continue its effort to conduct credible and fair elections for Nigeria.
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Legit.ng had earlier reported that the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has called on all stakeholders to ensure free, credible and peaceful exercise in Nigeria, as the supplementary polls would hold in some states on Saturday, March 23.
The embassy gave the charge in a statement on Thursday, March 21, in Abuja, adding that it was disappointed by the violence that marred the election previously held in the country.
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