Some domestic observers accredited by the
Independent National Electoral Commission to monitor the 2019 general
elections have scored the electoral body and security agencies high in
their handling of last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly

The coalition of 18 observer groups said the institutions scored over 80% because they did their job professionally.

groups include the African Initiative for Sustainable and Positive
Development, Future Leaders Global Initiative, Northern Patriotic Front,
Patriotic Women Foundation, Nigeria Vote-Count Campaigner and Centre
for Grassroots Development and Crime Prevention.

The National
Coordinator of Organisation of Justice for Equity Sustenance, Mr Tunde
Babafunsho, who addressed journalists in Abuja on Wednesday on behalf of
the coalition, commended INEC for its contributions to the success
recorded in the elections.

He said, “Conducting elections
anywhere is never an easy task and it requires the collective input of
all stakeholders, including political parties, security agencies,
traditional rulers, religious leaders as well as the entire citizens.

is our considered view that the postponement of the
presidential/National Assembly elections originally slated for February
16 evidently helped in putting certain measures in place that led to the
success recorded eventually on February 23 rescheduled date.

“There is also no doubt that the 2019 general elections showed an appreciable improvement on the previous process of 2015.

wish to place on record that both sensitive and non-sensitive materials
for last Saturday’s elections arrived their various destinations on
schedule and were adequate for the conduct of both elections.”

coalition said voter turnout was overwhelming as stakeholders witnessed
the sorting of ballots, counting and recording of result sheets signed
by all concerned and collation of result at the various collection

“All stakeholders that participated in the 2019
presidential/National Assembly elections performed their roles towards
the sustenance of a credible, peaceful, transparent electoral process.”

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