The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been commended by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its conduct of the 2015 General Elections which it described as generally peaceful, credible and successful.


The commendation was given yesterday, when the leadership of the Commission played host to an ECOWAS delegation, led by the President of Ghana and Chairman of Authority, Heads of State of ECOWAS, John Dramani Mahama, at the Commission’s headquarters.
The Chairman of the Authority, Heads of State, ECOWAS who said that the visit was to commend the leadership of INEC for the commendable way it had conducted the recent elections, pointed out that: “No election has attracted attention and interest as the elections that were recently held here in Nigeria.” He added that the recent successes achieved by the Commission “sends a good signal to all the other countries that are holding elections this year in the ECOWAS sub-region to emulate the work that has been done”.


He explained that there was a lot other African countries and indeed the ECOWAS sub-region, especially those planning for elections this year could emulate from the Nigerian experience. “I think that there’s a lot that many countries can borrow from you in terms of the roll out of technology, the provision of voters’ identification card and how they were distributed and equipment for reading, verifying and authenticating the voter, ” he said.
President Mahama encouraged the leadership of INEC and its staff to keep up the good work, stressing that: “there will always be glitches with technology but I think this is the first step and as we go forward we can continue to improve the technology so that we have smoother elections”
He remarked that: “We believe Nigeria is better for it and we believe that these elections have consolidated Nigeria’s credentials as a modern democracy in the ECOWAS community of states and we will continue to work together with you and share experiences.”
Earlier the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega had appreciated President Mahama for the visit referred to the visit as a “show of brotherly love, which is very significant in terms of promoting unity, co-existence and deepening democracy in our sub-region”
Professor Jega expressed the Commission’s appreciation for the opportunity to contribute to deepening democracy. Said he: “we feel greatly honoured that in Nigeria we have been given the responsibility to contribute in the area of election management and deepening democracy in our country and we are very happy and delighted that the little we have been able to do has been so widely appreciated that this show of goodwill and support and encouragement is so overwhelming”.
He further explained that: “Nigeria as a member of the ECOWAS has a lot to do to contribute to the progress, development, peace and stability in the ECOWAS sub region”. Professor Jega stressed that “ECOWAS no doubt has a tremendous role to play in terms of harnessing the resources and energies of all countries in the sub region in order to develop our region and to ensure that we promote peaceful co-existence and also deepen our democratic development”.