National Democratic Institute, NDI, has said that the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections were the most peaceful, transparent and credible elections that Nigeria has ever witnessed in recent times.
According to a statement by the NDI, an organization which fielded an international observation mission, yesterday in Abuja said, ‘’ the elections highlighted the strong and enthusiastic commitment of Nigerians to the democratic processes and the possibility of determining the leadership of the country through peaceful, transparent and credible elections.
The delegation said that it recognizes that Nigerian voters conducted themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner on the Election Day and urged all politicians to recognize and respect the people’s commitment to democratic process.
NDI commended INEC for adopting technological innovations like electronic voting cards, card readers and finger print scanners designed to verify the identity of voters.
The technological innovations it said aided in curbing fraud and raising the confidence in the integrity of the electoral process.
Senior Associate for Africa, NDI, Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh in an interview with newsmen said that Nigeria’s elections was the most peaceful and credible, making it a strong message to Africa and the world that Nigeria has got to a point where democracy is functioning and the electoral process strengthened.
According to Fomunyoh, other African countries would look at Nigeria and say if they can do it with 69 million voters and over 120 million polling sites so we too can do it.
As a member of the Security Council at the UN, Nigeria where elections have gone extremely well would be proud of being a voice not just for Africa but the international arena.
NDI further noted that despite some challenges, voters were able to be accredited and voted, adding that, ‘’ No significant disenfranchisement was observed on the Election Day.’’
The institute called on all political parties and their candidates to accept the elections results and to settle in the courts if there are any election-related disputes.

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