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UN, EU, ECOWAS thumbs up Naija on elections



Commendations have continued to pour in for Nigerians from various international bodies who have commended the peaceful conduct, and determination of Nigerians, in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday congratulated Nigerians for holding “largely peaceful and orderly” elections despite Boko Haram attacks and urged them to continue to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.

Ban said Nigerians had shown resilience by pressing forward and turning out to vote “in the face of unjustifiable violence,” even as he said all voting complaints should be resolved through dispute resolution mechanisms.

Also, head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM), former Ghanaian president, John Kufuor commended Nigerian voters for their enthusiasm and commitment to deepening democracy in the country, and by extension, the region.

“Going by the orderliness exhibited by the voters, it is clear that Nigerian electorates are determined and committed to strengthening democracy in their country,” the chairman said during visits to some polling stations in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

the European Union Observer Mission in Nigeria (EUOMN) described the conduct of voters during the elections as exemplary and committed.

Chief Observer of the EUOMN, Santiago Fisas, said in an interview with journalists in Abuja, after monitoring the elections in some polling units, noted that Nigerians have proved their love for democracy by conducting themselves in a peaceful manner for both the accreditation and voting processes.

“The conduct of the Nigerian voters is an example. The voters are very committed and they started queuing this morning (Saturday) even in some instances when the electoral officers had not yet arrived”.

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