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Polls: Jega Commends Nigerians, Says INEC Investigating Irregularities In Problem Areas

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BEVERLY HILLS, March 30, (THEWILL) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commended Nigerians for their large turnout and peaceful conduct during the National Elections held on Saturday, March 28.

In a statement issued on Sunday by Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, the INEC Chairman commended Nigerians for the resilience and remarkable understanding they exhibited in the face of these difficulties.

“We hope that good conduct will continue throughout the post-election period as well. We are pleased that the elections went on smoothly in a substantial number of Polling Units across the country, including the North East where the Commission was also able to conduct voting for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno.”

“It is also gratifying to note that the Card Readers worked well in the majority of Polling Units, even though there were areas where difficulties experienced necessitated additional Guidelines by the Commission to allow for manual accreditation of voters, as announced yesterday.”

“ So far, Osun, Kebbi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states have reported reverting to manual-only accreditation of voters in some Polling Units. Investigations into what accounted for the difficulties encountered with the Card Readers are ongoing.

“As a result of the operational challenges experienced, elections could not be concluded yesterday (Saturday) in a few polling units and therefore these will be concluded today (Sunday). According to the reports so far received, elections are being concluded today (Sunday) as follows:

90 Polling Units in Lagos State; 16 Polling Units in Kebbi State; 25 Polling Units in Adamawa State; 6 PUs in Niger State ; 37 PUs in Yobe State; 8 PUs in Borno State; 37 PUs in Jigawa State; 13 PUs in Kano; 116 PUs in Taraba State and 2 PUs in the FCT are affected,” the statement said.

INEC stated further that according to reports from its state offices, the collation of results has commenced and is going on well.

“The first collated results for the Presidential Election are expected at the National Collation Centre here in Abuja by this evening (Sunday). Meanwhile, the Commission warns strongly against premature publication or announcement of results by unauthorised persons and media channels particularly online sites.

“Only INEC is empowered by law to announce results and it is an offence for anyone to preempt the Commission in this regard.

“In the course of the elections yesterday, the Commission received reports of isolated security challenges in some states that were successfully repelled. We commend the Security Agencies for their vigilance and dedication.

“We also commend our field staff, especially young men and women of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and students, who form the bulk of our ad-hoc personnel, for their bravery and commitment in the face of challenges, to ensure free, fair, and credible elections.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank key stakeholders in the electoral process who devoted much effort, time, energy and resources to ensure peaceful elections.

“The Commission reiterates its commitment to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible and peaceful. We are happy that so far these objectives are on course. We call on all Nigerians to remain peaceful as they await the collation and return of results,” the statement added.