Professor Mahmood Yakuku, chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said he is fulfilled and proud that the commission conducted a free and fair presidential and governorship elections in 2019.
Pockets of violence were recorded in the March 9 gubernatorial election in some states across the country, while there were allegations of irregularities in the presidential election between President Muhammadu Buhari and main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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However, the grievance by Atiku, which majorly surrounded input of results into INEC server, among other things, was thrown out by the Supreme Court.
But governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, which held in November, were seriously marred by violence, ballot box snatching, and loss of lives.
Local and international election observers called for the cancellation of the polls.
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INEC and police were accused of being complicit in compromising the electoral process.
But Yakubu, while promising that the 2023 exercise will be the best, he expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the last election.
“I’m most proud and fulfilled to conduct a free and fair elections in Nigeria during the 2019 polls. 2023 will be the best,’ he was quoted as saying by Voice of Nasarawa.
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