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INEC commends elections despite skirmishes

Posted: Apr 12, 2015 at 6:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has made a preliminary assessment of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections across the country. The commission declared that the voting process was hitch-free and above board.

In a press statement released on Sunday, INEC declared that the polls “went very well across the country,” in governorship elections that took place in 29 states, and House of Assembly elections in 36 states. There were no elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The commission noted that the process of accreditation with card readers was hitch-free in most of the polling units across the country.

“Initial challenges were recorded in Edo and Abia states, but the technical teams deployed to support the states were able to resolve the issues in a timely manner.

“Overall, many parts of the country remained relatively peaceful during the elections. Some states, however, recorded a significant number of violent incidents, the most affected being Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Ondo states.

“INEC’s records show that there were 66 reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, the commission’s officials, voters and election materials.

These were in Rivers State (16 incidents), Ondo (eight), Cross River and Ebonyi (six each), Akwa Ibom (five) Bayelsa (four), Lagos and Kaduna (three each), Jigawa, Enugu, Ekiti and Osun (two each), Katsina, Plateau, Kogi, Abia, Imo, Kano and Ogun (one each).  The commission is investigating these incidents and will do everything within in its powers to bring culprits to justice,” the statement said.

The electoral umpire said Nigerians deserve commendation for embracing democracy and living up to their civic responsibilities. INEC also stated that the election process was still in progress as results were still being collated, and as such politicians and the electorate alike should be restrained “in their comments, as we strive to bring this process to an orderly, peaceful and credible conclusion.”