Osun Election: ECOWAS Commend INEC, Knocks Security Agencies

Osun Election: ECOWAS Commend INEC, Knocks Security Agencies
Osun Election: ECOWAS Commend INEC, Knocks Security Agencies

Osun Election: ECOWAS Commend INEC, Knocks Security Agencies

The Economic Community of West African States has said the international community and voters in Nigeria believe that security agents might have been used in creating problems for the electoral process.

The Head of Political Affairs, ECOWAS, Dr Remi Ajibewa, said this when he and other ECOWAS officials visited the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, according to a statement on Sunday.

Ajibewa said while INEC conducted the Osun governorship election professionally, the same could not be said of the security agencies.

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The statement, which was signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, read in part, “He (Ajibewa) commended the commission for the conduct of the Osun State governorship election but regretted that while INEC did its best, the international community and voters feared that security agents might have been used to create problems for the electoral process.”

The ECOWAS official reiterated the need for INEC to carry all stakeholders, comprising political parties, the media, civil society organisations and security agencies, along as it prepares for the general elections.  He said INEC should also work closely with the police to secure the electoral process.