Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has described the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the state as the best ever organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The governor stated this shortly after casting his vote at about 1.33 p.m at in Lungun Wambai polling unit of Gayam electoral ward in Lafia.
“This Saturday’s election is the best, peaceful and orderly; one needs to laud INEC for its effort.
“INEC has corrected the lapses that occurred in the last election and this made the accreditation very smooth,’’ Al-makura said.
Al-Makura, who expressed satisfaction with the use of card readers, said he was accredited within 20 seconds, describing the development as commendable.
He also commended the people of the state for being orderly during the exercise and urged them to sustain existing peace during and after the elections.
The governor said that traditional and religious leaders as well as security agencies played significant role in ensuring peaceful conduct of the elections in the state.
The governor said that the process of accreditation was very efficient and smooth, adding that he was impressed with the general conduct of the polls.
Al-Makura, however, urged eligible voters to tolerate one another irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation.
He enjoined the electorate to be patient, law-abiding and respect constituted authority in the interest of peace and national development.
The governor commended the electorate for the massive turnout to exercise their civic right, in order to entrench good governance.
However, the governor urged them not to engage in any violent act that would tarnish their image for the overall development of the country.
“First and foremost, I want to commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the introduction of card reader.
“Apart from fighting electoral fraud, rigging, it will also instil confidence in Nigerians on the electoral system”.(NAN)