Nigeria's President and candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan speaks with a campaign aide during a rally in Kano, Northern Nigeria, on January 21, 2015 . The February 14 vote is expected to be close-run, with the possibil ~ AMINU ABUBAKAR
Abuja - The Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Observation Mission (EOM), John Kufuor, has commended Nigerians for their conduct during the presidential elections.
The former Ghana leader praised the electorate for "extraordinary patience, orderliness and peaceful conduct" exhibited during the presidential and federal legislative elections on Saturday.
Speaking after observing the accreditation of voters, actual voting and the counting of ballots in a numbers of polling centres in the nation’s capital Abuja, the chief of the regional observer team said the Nigerian electorate turned out in their numbers.
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In spite of the initial challenges of slow start of the electoral process caused by the late arrival of electoral officials and voting material in some centres, they conducted themselves in an orderly manner to exercise their franchise.
“Nigerians demonstrated a rare determination and commitment to democracy,” the Head of the ECOWAS poll observation mission said, adding that going by the reports of the regional observers deployed across the country, Nigeria would have recorded a successful electoral process.
“We pray that Nigerians should accept the outcome of the elections to show a good example that will impact positively on the region and the rest of Africa given the country’s strategic importance” he further affirmed.
Kufuor was accompanied by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, and other members of the ECOWAS election technical support team.
The team visited voting centres in Kubwa, Lugbe, Galadimawa, and Asokoro areas, and rounded off the tour by observing vote counting at the Post Office polling centre at Area 10, Garki Area.