INEC Speaks On 2019 Election Report
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the report by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room which said the 2019 elections in the country does not meet the standard of a free and fair poll.
INEC’s reaction is contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, in reaction to the report released on Tuesday by the Civil Society Group.
As earlier reported by Naija News, the group in the report presented by Clement Nwankwo, the Convener, said in part:
“There are questions about the role played by the executive as well as other state institutions, such as the military and the security services, and their negative effect on the credibility of the elections in Nigeria”
“The 2019 general elections did not meet the threshold for free, fair and credible elections”
“Military involvement in the 2019 general elections were outside of the limits allowed by law.”
But the INEC chairman’s spokesman said the report, as well as other reports released by national and international observers, would be studied by the commission.
According to the statement, he assured that INEC is conscious of its responsibilities and expectations of all Nigerians.
“In line with its commitment to improving the electoral system, the Commission has just completed its internal review process and will harvest all the recommendations from this and other Observer Reports with a view to deepening democracy in Nigeria.
“The Commission is conscious of its responsibilities and expectations of all Nigerians and is determined to ensure that free, fair and credible elections are conducted at all times,” he said.
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