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INEC Observers Rate Akwa Ibom Election High
A network of INEC Domestic Election Observers and CSOs on the just concluded general elections in Akwa Ibom State, have advised candidates and stakeholders, who are aggrieved over the announcement of the results, to channel their grievances to the Election Petition Tribunal, in line with the electoral acts.
Giving a situation report by the group, at a news briefing in Uyo, the Chairman of the INEC Accredited Election Observers to Akwa Ibom State Governorship and State House of Assembly Election, Otunba Femi Sanusi, described the election as "free, fair and peaceful."
Otunba Sanusi, who read the press statement signed by him and Director of Publicity of the group, Ambassador Felix Ihonre, said apart from high level of participation by the electorate alongside local and international observers, there were also adequate security and press coverage on the election.
He scored availability of election materials, 97 %; turn out of voters, 95%; adherence of INEC, security, press and observers to the code of conduct, 95%; as well as behaviour of INEC staff to voters and organization of the election, 90%.
The Chairman also said there was minimal report of violence with 2.5%; period of voting adjustment and challenges, 15%, while card readers' challenges and failure was 15%.
According to him, although "there were pockets of disagreements in some polling units, INEC and security operatives intervened and restored peace in due time, in such units."
The INEC Accredited Domestic Election Observers to Akwa Ibom State, were coordinated by the UNESCO Centre and CSOs Network.