Anambra Election, Best in Nigeria, Says Independent Observers

[ Masterweb Reports ] – The November 16 governorship election in Anambra State is one of the best elections ever conducted in Nigeria by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a group known as Independent Domestic Election Observers has said.

Speaking to newsmen at a press conference in Awka yesterday, the group led by Mr Gabriel Nwambu hinged their assessment of the election on the free, fair, credible and peaceful nature of the election which, according to them, conformed to international best practices and accepted standards.

According to the group the essence of accrediting credible observers in any election by INEC is to ascertain the degree of compliance by politicians, their supporters, the electorate and the electoral body itself which serves as referee to the relevant electoral laws.
They therefore made the following observations, which include that the election actually held on November 16 as pronounced by INEC; that the group inspected sensitive and non-sensitive materials in INEC office and monitored the distribution o the materials to the local governments, polling units and points; that the election held in the 21 local councils of the state except in few areas where election commenced late, with the one in Obosi holding the day after on Sunday, November 17; that the election commenced relatively late due to logistics problems in terms of distribution and late arrival of materials; that security was tight across the state, leading to absence of violence; that voter turn-out was very high; that there was no voter apathy and that the election was hitch free and complied with the relevant electoral laws of the country.

The group which is made of six different bodies commended the Anambra State governor, Peter Obi for non-inteference in the entire process which created a level playing ground.

They also commended INEC chairman Attahiru Jega for conducting one of the freest and fairest elections in the history of the country with committed members of staff, even as they commended the security agencies for pro-active policing.
The group which equally commended the electorate for a mature conduct and massive turn-out, advised all the candidates to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship and sense of maturity since elections were not do-or-die affairs.
They expressed disappointment with those calling for total cancellation of the results saying they did not mean well for the nation.  
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