NAN – The Commonwealth Observer Group has commended Nigeria and the Independent National Electoral Commission for successfully conducting Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, saying it was peaceful and transparent.
A former Malawian President and Chairperson of the group, Mr. Bakili Muluzi, gave the commendation while briefing newsmen on Monday in Abuja.
Muluzi commended Nigerians and major stakeholders in the electoral process for demonstrating patience and maturity during the electoral process.
“Full credit for the peaceful conduct of the elections must go, most of all, to the people of Nigeria.
“The Commonwealth Observer Group would like to commend the members of staff of INEC and polling officials, the security services, domestic and other international observers for the dedication and commitment they displayed.
“We commend the contribution made by the National Youth Service Corps and tertiary students.
“These young men and women showed dedication, creativity and courage in helping to deliver a transparent electoral process,” he said.
He also commended INEC for the introduction of biometric Permanent Voter Cards for the polls.