A Co-Convener of Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, James Ugochukwa has expressed satisfaction with the turnout of voters for the 2023 general election in Nigeria.
In an interview on JoyNews on Saturday, he explained that this is due to the low rate of violence recorded across the country.
“Another thing we can record that is positive for us is the very minimal cases of election violence despite the threats that we have all over the country, especially in the southeast,” he said.
He also commended the security operatives on the grounds for the election coverage.
According to him, the security personnel “were very professional in their conduct in terms of their level of preparedness and of course responding to election emergencies.”
“Areas where we had pockets of violence and disruption of the process, the security was able to step in, stem the tide and they didn’t turn into something very ugly,” he added.
He, however, bemoaned the late deployment of materials and in some cases polling agents in most of the polling stations and the violence at Lagos.
His comment comes after Nigerians went to the polls today to elect their next leaders to govern the country.
It is reported that this year’s election had 18 presidential candidates vying to be the next president.
According to Mr Ugochukwa, this year’s election also saw a massive turnout of enthusiastic voters.
Mr Ugochukwa commended Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for making the election happen despite the challenges experienced.
Meanwhile, the elections have come to an end, with counting having already began in some polling units.
At the close of polls, there were still a lot of people who had lined up to vote.
This according to INEC, is due to some logistical challenges which delayed the process.
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