Accept polls outcome in good faith, U.S. institutes urge parties
United States (U.S.)-based institutes, National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI) yesterday urged parties and candidates to accept outcome of the general elections in good faith.
Presidents of the NDI and IRI, Derek Mitchell and Daniel Twining in a joint press conference in Abuja said political parties and candidates should consider the Abuja peace accord by respecting the wish of the electorate.
“With elections postponed in parts of three states, the tabulation and announcement of final results have not been completed.
“As the process continues, the mission calls on Nigerian political parties and candidates to corporate in good faith with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),” they said.
The institutes also urged political parties to keep to the 2019 Abuja Accord and respect the will of the people, which they expressed through the ballot box and for INEC to release the official results on time
According to them, parties and candidates should channel complaints and disputes through established legal processes.
The observer group, while presenting its preliminary report on the just concluded elections, noted that the exercise was generally peaceful, adding, however, that there were reported cases of injuries and loss of lives, vote buying, disruptions and intimidation by party agents.
The groups said logistics challenges such as card readers failure, late arrival of electoral materials and lack of essential materials in some polling units were some of the challenges faced during the polls.
They commended security agencies for displaying professionalism in the discharge of their duties during the election, adding that electoral offenses must be investigated and sanctioned appropriately.