Presidential Election: ECOWAS Observers Describe Poll as Transparent

Nigeria/International News

Saturday’s presidential elections in Nigeria has been described as peaceful and transparent by the Observation Mission of the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS).

Leader of the ECOWAS delegation and former president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma said this during a briefing on the elections in Abuja on Monday.

He commended INEC for the hitch-free exercise while noting that voter turnout was low in most polling units visited.

He also explained that most electorates composed themselves throughout the voting process but, revealed that most adhoc staff demonstrated inadequate knowledge of their duties.

“Vote counting and tallying processes were carried out in a transparent, simple and professional manner, in the presence of party agents, observers, and security agents in the daytime in some polling units and with lamps in others, where voting was delayed,” he said.

“Most polling officials and ad-hoc staff demonstrated inadequate knowledge of their duties, especially with voting materials.

“The set-up of most of the polling units visited did not adequately protect the secrecy of the voting process,” he added.

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