The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commended the peaceful and successful conduct of the just concluded general election in Enugu State, describing it as exceptional, one of the best in the country and a demonstration of “good electoral behavior”.
INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, made the comment while presenting the Certificates of Return to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, and the elected members of the State Assembly.
The electoral umpire added that the exercise in Enugu State, unlike in some states, witnessed no case of “violence, snatching of ballot boxes or all sorts of electoral malpractices.”
Similarly, the INEC State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Emeka Ononamadu, rated the peaceful conduct of the elections in Enugu State high.
He said, “with all the promises of fairness, openness and neutrality intact”, maintained that the exercise “was a tortuous journey that did not come at zero cost, but it is also a journey that the entire nation is poised to learn from Enugu”.
According to him, “we set out for 2019 general election with clear vision which resulted in one of the best elections in Nigeria. On behalf of INEC, I wish to thank stakeholders, particularly the political parties, security agencies, traditional rulers, civil society organizations, media, voters and my colleagues in INEC, for their painstaking support in conducting an election which today is being evaluated as one of the best and most peaceful of our time.”
In his brief remark after receiving the certificate, Gov. Ugwuanyi, who appreciated INEC and the security agencies for their roles towards the peaceful and successful conduct of the elections in Enugu State.
The governor also thanked the people of the state, who he described as “the true heroes of our democracy.”