By TERYIMA ANDREW-
A non governmental organization Equity Election Situation Room, which initiated election observer group “Equity International Initiative (EII) and deployed eleven thousand observers to monitor the just concluded Presidential and national assembly elections nationwide has said the Presidential elections were not credible, lacks international standard.
It said as a result of inefficiency on the part of the commission (INEC) and political thuggery, innocent people loss lives, even as he attributed the deaths to overzealousness of security operatives staged at various polling units to maintain law and order.
“Report of confirmed Deaths during the 23rd February 2019 Election, 15 died in Rivers, 2 death in Oyo, 2 died in
Kogi, another 3 also died in Delta state; these are the casualty rate during the 23rd February, 2019 Presidential and national assembly elections.”
Leader of the organization, Chris Iyama, stated this Thursday, in a press conference he granted to Journalists in Jos; the Plateau state capital.
Mr. Iyama revealed that the INEC card reading machine could not be effective in most polling units, thereby delay the process.
“The Card reader failed in so many Southern States and North Central and all the manual voting that was carried out was eventually cancelled thereby disenfranchising eligible Nigerian voters.”
EII is a Non governmental organization committed to Promoting Human Rights, Rule of law, Good Governance, Justice Reform as well as Promoting Religious Freedom.
It also frowned at the process of collation and analysis of the results “EII condemns the cancellation of votes in major polling unit across the country especially in North- Central (Plateau state, Nassarawa State and Benue state) and South-South which includes Rivers and Akwa-Ibom and some parts of South-East. millions of citizens were deliberately disenfranchised by INEC.”
According to Mr. Iyama, INEC under performed during the out gone elections “there was 60% late arrival of Material to polling unit between 10am – 12noon while 39% early arrival was between 7:30am – 9:59am and 1% of extreme late and no arrival of ad-hoc staff and material with 5% incomplete materials at polling units were recorded across the country.”
Mr. Iyama stressed further that “EII condemns the role played by INEC returning officers in altering and rejecting votes. We condemn in strongest terms the altering of the results from different States that was finally announced by INEC in Abuja. Many of the reports changed from what they were at the polling units by the time INEC was making the announcements.
It therefore suggest sanctioning of erring INEC staffers, alleged to have been involved in the rigging.
“EII calls for immediate sanctions and prosecution of all INEC officials involved in compromising the conduct of the presidential And national assembly elections.”
EII call for an improvement in the conduct the forthcoming state governor’s polls.
“INEC should ensure a better administration of the Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly elections slated for the 9th of March 2019. We also call upon the security agencies to ensure the safety of all citizens as the electoral process advances to the critical stages of collation and announcement of results.”