Observer groups commend INEC for A’Ibom re-run elections
A coalition of accredited observer groups at the recently held re-run elections in Akwa Ibom state, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the process of simultaneous accreditation and voting, which they described as panacea to the delays and violence that characterized previous elections.
They observed that the orderly way the re-run election was conducted ensured that voters went home immediately after casting their votes, leaving only the party agents behind to complete their roles.
In a communiqué issued and signed on behalf of the groups by Dr. Nwambu Gabriel and Manukwem Chinyere, they said the process brought transparency into the election, noting however that there was voter apathy.
It would be recalled that the Appeal Court had nullified elections in northeast senatorial
District, some units in Itu state constituency and full-fledged re-run elections in Oron/Udung Uko, Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara, Etinan and Ibesikpo/Asutan state constituencies.
Nwambu Gabriel disclosed that 40 observers were mobilised to these affected areas.
“We, as a coalition of accredited observer groups, consequent to this election, state very clearly that the election was transparent, free, fair and credible and has complied with the Electoral Act of 2010 as amended,” he said.
“Again, it is pertinent to note that INEC has demonstrated a significant improvement in the overall conduct of transparent and credible elections in Nigeria, as demonstrated in the state and federal assembly re-run election,” he added.
He stated that the voting transparent voting process was first tested in Southern Ijaw, in Bayelsa state, which he said demonstrated “due process and the rule of law en-route a
sustainable democratic Nigerian nation.”
The coalition’s position was corroborated by the state police commissioner, Murtala Mani, who told told journalists that the election was orderly and peaceful, as there was no case of hijack of materials or violence in any of the areas where the election was conducted.
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