The Connected Development (CODE) has berated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over “avoidable lapses” in last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
At a press conference in Abuja on Friday, Chief Executive Officer of CODE, Hamzat Lawal, said the elections were marred by slow upload of results and declaration process in some states.
He added that in other instances, elections were not held, but results were nonetheless tallied and shown.
Election difficulties have been reported in certain local government regions, and results are now being tallied. Our monitors in Oru East, Imo State, confirmed that no election was held there.
"In fact, some voters were urged to cast their ballots in a party chieftain's private residence, which is obviously against INEC guidelines and the electoral act. Nevertheless, we know the LGA's results. This is a condemnation of INEC and all our constitution stands for, according to Lawal.
He said that the data was derived from the reports of the 20,000 citizen-based election observers and the 5000 accredited election observers who were deployed for the polls on Saturday.
The group has introduced "Uzabe," a technology that allows Nigerians to follow election developments in real time.
The credibility of the election was under threat, and many people would find it difficult to accept the results, he said.
Thus, he encouraged INEC to resolve the problems right away.
We are also requesting that the Nigerian police monitor elections as the primary agency in charge of security, he continued. The joint security forces set up for this election have performed admirably and are already overworked. According to Daily trust.
By fixing the issues and avoiding a repeat during the March 11 gubernatorial and state assembly elections, he claimed INEC would have a chance to regain the trust of the public that had been shaken.
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