The Independent National Electoral Commission's results of the Osun State governorship election on Saturday were reportedly identical with those acquired through a parallel vote tabulation procedure headed by civil society, according to the British High Commission in Abuja.
The UK government is praising "the people of Osun state for their active, peaceful, and democratic involvement in the governorship election" at the same time.
In a statement titled "Statement on the Osun State Governorship Poll 2022" that was made public on Monday, the UK praised INEC, the security services, civil society organizations, and all other participants in the election.
The statement also mentioned how the Osun election showed advancements in the electoral process over the most recent Ekiti governorship election.
The British High Commission congratulated the people of Osun State for their active, peaceful, and democratic involvement in the governorship election that took place on Saturday, July 16, 2022, according to part of the statement.
We observe that the Independent National Electoral Commission's (INEC) results and those obtained through a parallel vote tabulation process run by civil society are both consistent.
We applaud INEC, the security services, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room-led partners in civil society, and all other stakeholders for their contributions to the process' success.
"Following the governorship election in Ekiti State last month, the ongoing improvements in the electoral process were encouraging to our delegation, which monitored the election on Saturday. The smooth operation of the BVAS devices for voter accreditation and electronic results transmission, the accessibility features for voters with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, and the higher than expected voting turnout were all positive aspects of the process.
However, the UK expressed worry over alleged vote-buying during the election and urged the appropriate authorities to hold those found responsible accountable.
We hope that those responsible are held accountable by the appropriate authorities as a result of reports of suspected vote-buying coming from various regions, the statement said.
In order to implement an electoral system that encourages the free and meaningful participation of young people, women, people with disabilities, and citizens generally in the democratic process, INEC and all relevant stakeholders are urged to build on the progress made in the last two governorship elections in the states of Ekiti and Osun. This is in addition to the strong legal foundation provided by the new Electoral Act.
The statement said, "The UK will continue to support Nigeria, its institutions, and civil society as they draw lessons from these elections to ensure the integrity of their electoral system and the advancement of Nigeria's democracy.
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