Observer group says presidential election peaceful, turnout commendable

An election observer group, the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, has described the Presidential and National Assembly elections held across the country on Saturday as generally peaceful.

The group made the observation in its second interim report on the election signed by its acting Executive Director, Monday Osasah, and made available to journalists on Monday.

The report read, “The exercise was generally very peaceful and the turnout was commendable.

“Logistics however should be improved upon in future elections.

“Voter and civic education should be sustained and intensified to constantly remind the electorate of their civic responsibilities.

“Election stakeholders should continue to cooperate with INEC to enable improvement in the process, procedure and the activities of the commission.”

The group urged INEC to improve on its logistics and ensure personnel and materials arrive early in the March 9 governorship and state houses of assembly elections.

It said the electoral body should also give attention to physically challenged persons nationwide by ensuring that facilities to aid their participation in the election were provided.

The group also called on INEC to work closely with security agencies and increase the number of security personnel at the polling environment in the March 9 elections.

The report added, “INEC should collaborate more with the National Orientation Agency and ensure a sustained civic and voter education across the country to sustain and up the level of turnout in the March 9 elections.

“The slow performance of the card reader should be addressed to gain time in future elections.

“Channel of communication between INEC and ad hoc staff must be improved for the next phase of the elections.”
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