A group of International and Domestic Accredited Election observers in the just concluded 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections in Kano state north western Nigeria have adjudged the election free and fair.
In a joint-press conference held at Bristol Hotel, Kano, the South African-based Pan African Women Project and Nigerian-based Centre for Intervention, all expressed satisfaction at the way INEC and security agencies performed their duties during the election.
According to the spokesperson of Pan African Women Project, Belinda Maduna, “elections began at the scheduled time, with unbelievable turnout, not withstanding earlier postponement of the polls by INEC.”
She said over 67 percent of voters began accreditation as early as 8 a.m., a development she described as encouraging.
Belinda also stated that the body was pleased that election materials arrived most of the polling units in good time,
She expressed unhappiness over the inability of the card readers to function well in some polling units and called on INEC to rectify such challenges in subsequent elections.
Similarly, the Deputy National Coordinator of the Centre for Intervention, Dr. Ibrahim Baba commended the Kano electorate for their peaceful conduct during the election.
“Kano remains a model in terms of peaceful conduct of the election, compared to what happened in other states.
“Police and other security agencies ensured that lives and property of the people were protected. People came out freely without intimidation. They voted and waited peacefully for their votes to be counted.
“In Kano, no issue of ballot snatching and arson, or vote buying. Kano is a model, Kano is fine, good and cool,” he stressed.
In a separate briefing at the Press Centre, Kano, another Coalition concluded that the election was calm and peaceful.
The group urged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and other losers on the exercise to accept defeat and join hands with the winners to build the nation.
The Team Leader of the Group, Comrade Friday Maduka, commended INEC for providing electoral materials in due time as well as the massive turnout of voters during the elections across the state.
Our team commends the electoral umpire, INEC, for its wonderful preparations in providing all the needed logistics and materials for the election.
“The security agents are hereby applauded for providing a secured and peaceful environment for the election. We appreciate the people of Kano state for their proper conduct during and after the election, especially, for showing maturity and putting away the stings of violence,” he added.
Maduka further urged the winners to run an all-inclusive government for the rapid development of the state and the nation at large.