By Blessing Enechojo Abu
Foreign election observers have expressed their displeasure over the 2023 elections held on 25th February 2023.
The International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) Joint Election Observation Mission (IEOM) expressed their disappointment while presenting their preliminary statement on the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.
Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, on behalf of the team congratulated the people for “their resilience and enthusiasm”.
She said, “Despite large crowds in some polling stations and long waits, Nigerian voters demonstrated commitment to participate in the process and a strong desire to have their voices heard.”
The mission maintained that even after the reforms to the electoral act, the elections were below the expectations of the Nigerian populace.
Noting that the occurrence of political violence and the delays in the commencement of voting in many areas challenges with the transmission of results after the elections etc marred the polls.
She however commended INEC for having conducted the elections according to their calendar without any postponement as in the past.
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