Nigeria’s presidential elections free, fair – ECOWAS

The ECOWAS Observer Mission, EOM, has declared that Saturday’s Presidential election is acceptable and meets the criteria of being free and transparent.

The declaration was made by the mission’s head and former President of Ghana, John Kuffour, in Abuja on Sunday.

Mr. Kuffour expressed satisfaction with the commitment made by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, political parties, security agencies and various entities on the electoral process.

He observed that the turnout of voters was generally high with a laudable participation of women and young people who displayed commendable level of patience and discipline.

“Security agents were present at most of the polling stations and on patrols in and around the cities as peaceful atmosphere prevailed in most parts of the country,’’ he said.

The mission also noted that INEC officials demonstrated good knowledge and compliance with voting procedures.

He also noted that agents of the major political parties, including All Progressives Congress, Labour Party and the People Democratic Party, were in attendance in most polling units.

“The process of counting at the polling stations and the subsequent collations at designated centres were successful and in accordance with the Electoral Act.

“Some of the challenges the mission observed during the exercise included the late arrival of INEC officials in many polling stations and malfunctioning of Card Readers across the country,’’ he said.

Mr. Kuffour further said the elections were still ongoing in some affected polling units were elections had been extended by one day.

He said the mission also observed that there was insufficient and/or non-availability of electoral materials in some polling units which led to delay in accreditation and voting processes.

“Cases of attempt to snatch ballot papers were reported in some polling stations leading to instances of uproar, shootings and sporadic violence in the affected polling stations.

“Despite efforts by the relevant agencies to secure the electoral exercise, explosions were also recorded in some parts of the country,’’ he said.

The EOM is part of the ECOWAS sustained efforts to support the consolidation of democracy and good governance in Nigeria.

The mission is also in line with ECOWAS guidelines on election-monitoring.

(NAN)


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  • Otile

    Whatever the outcome, this election is all about stealing oil in SE SS.
    Whatever the outcome of this bogus election SE SS must prepare for a
    protracted struggle for survival to take control of their God-given
    resources. One Nigeria is another name for fraud. Jonathan is too weak
    to defend the people of SS let alone SE. Our people must find a way to
    defend their land and other resources from thieves, bandits, Islamists,
    and godless Nigerians.

    Accursed be the day Isaac Adaka Boro, and Ken Saro Wiwa betrayed Biafra. Accursed be the day Brigadier W. Briggs defected to Jack Yakubu Gowon’s Nigeria.

    Biafra must rise again. After several defeats at the hands of racist Hitler, and ravaging Islamists all over the Arab world Israel did rise again under the able Prime Minister Golda Meir. Biafra will rise, God willing.

    • Naira

      Once a shege always a shege. Frustration will kill you soon.

    • Dr Johnson

      We know this is Ibo’s agenda already and no blackmail will forced Nigeria to support your corrupt president GEJ…

    • Ms. Thenjiwe Obong

      but for now Biafra is a forgotten conclusion. Keeping Nigeria one is a task that must be done. One Nigeria all the way.

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  • Dancool

    Free and Fair Elections, now we hope we get Free and Fair result counting, collation and announcement