INEC Gets Pass Mark in Kogi Election

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu

The recently concluded Kogi State governorship election has been described as peaceful and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commended for living up to their duty.

An observer group, the Coalition for Transparent Elections in Africa

(CTEAN), at a press conference yesterday in Abuja to present its preliminary report of the Kogi election said the election was adjudged free and fair.

Convener of CTEAN, Nelson Ogbu, at the conference said that their observers were on ground in Kogi and followed through with the deployment of INEC officials and sensitive election materials as well as the general conduct of political parties and elections stakeholders, including security operatives.

“We note with a sense of satisfaction that the election in Kogi State was relatively peaceful and the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were alive to their duty as the election was adjudged free and fair even by the teeming Kogi electorate.

“Our observations indicated that the election substantially conformed to established electoral laws in Nigeria.

“We commend the great people of Kogi State, various security agencies

and other observer groups for their matured conducts during and after the said governorship elections in Kogi State,” Ogbu said.

Ogbu further stated that there was no post-election violence that is always the characteristics of off-cycle elections.

He also said the voting pattern in Kogi State suggests that the various candidates showed strength in their respective strongholds, meaning that INEC provided a level playing field for all the political parties during the 2023 gubernatorial election in Kogi State.

Ogbu commended the various security organisations for their professionalism in the process and the media for keeping the general public up to date of the developments in the state.

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