- Accredited observer groups of the Kano governorship poll have praised the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission
- One of the groups commended the media personnel and security officers for their comportment during the election
- It also praised INEC for bringing sensitive election materials to polling units across the state on time
The coalition of INEC Accredited Observers for Kano state re-run governorship supplementary election have hailed the electoral body for distribution of the election materials on time.
The leader of the group, Ambassador Chinyere Manukwem, made the commendation while addressing newsmen in Kano on Sunday, March 24, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Manukwem represented the Global Initiative for Civic Training and Youth Development, one of the 18 observer groups accredited by INEC.
She said the commendation was necessary because the distribution of both sensitive and non-sensitive materials was done in good time.
“The distribution of the electoral materials both sensitive and non-sensitive was done in a record time,” she said.
He said following the distribution of materials early enough, the election began early enough at most of the polling units visited by the group.
According to the group, the election has also witnessed massive turnout of voters, especially women as well as heavy presence of security personnel at all the polling units visited.
“Most of the political party agents that participated in the election were present at the polling units.
“In most of the polling units visited, the election was relatively peaceful with the exception of Dala and Gama wards in Nasarawa local government areas where the election was disrupted by hoodlums,” Manukwem said.
The election observers, however, commended the security agents for their quick intervention by restoring law and order in the affected areas.
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Manukwem, who commended the electorate for coming out en masse to exercise their franchise, lauded the media for adequate coverage of the supplementary election.
The group, however, called on critical stakeholders to continue to educate electorate on the need for peaceful conduct during elections. It also urged politicians to always accept election results as it is not a do or die affair.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that fresh scrutiny of newmen, poll observers, agents from [political parties and other stakeholders at the collation centre of INEC in Kano were conducted by officers of the Department of State Security (DSS) and the police.
Before the screening, security agents ordered everyone at the centre to step out despite the fact that they were earlier given tags by the electoral body.
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