Ex-rep member commends INEC for improved voting process 

By: Elizabeth Christopher, Yola


A former member of the House of Representative, Hon. Auwal Tukur has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for improving its voting process from that witnessed in the last election.

In an interview with Voice of Nigeria’s Elizabeth Christopher he said:

 “In terms of the processes itself, it’s smooth and straight forward… I came few minutes ago, I’ve been accredited, got my ballot paper and voted.

From experience in this polling unit till around 10-11 before people start coming but it’s still OK. You can see people so far so good” 

Noting the relatively quiet atmosphere and peaceful conduct of the electorate, he said, Ajiya polling unit in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria has always been calm and the voting process always smooth.

“In this part we are relatively quiet, we have not had security issue”

Hon. Tukur urged politicians to accept results of elections as election is not a do or die affair.

“It’s not a do or die affair, it’s something that should bind us. Politics should bring us together not divide us. Express your hope, wish and accept what is real of course. When people try to cheat, that poses problems, when things are fairly smooth and in good shape nobody complains”  

Comparing INEC’s performance in the Presidential and National Assembly elections he said there has been lots of improvements.

“The last one we had to postpone for one week. But this one is going smoothly. I’ve not said it will go 100% but by and large I’ve not heard of anywhere they have complaints like we did the previous one, it means they have learnt a lesson it means they have improved from from the logistical challenges they has the last  time and we have seen the effect, so let’s hope it goes all the way” , the former Parliamentarian said.