Polls: Kwara Speaker Commends INEC, Security Operatives, Nigerians Over Peaceful Conduct
Posted On Apr 12, 2015
The Speaker of the Kwara State Assembly and Member-Elect of House of Representatives, Barr. Razak Atunwa has commended the Independent Electoral Commission over the successful conduct of the polls in Kwara and other states in Nigeria.
Atunwa who made this known when answering questions from newsmen after casting his vote at Berikodo Polling Unit of Asa Local Government, expressed satisfaction in the improvement made by INEC to make the elections more credible than the presidential election of March 28th.
“There are serious improvements on the path of INEC in the conduct of the governorship and state assemblies polls. The fact that INEC was able to correct major challenges recorded in the presidential polls has reinstated the commission’s commitment to a free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.
“During the presidential polls, in my polling unit, the card reader usage was very slow which affected the time voting commenced. This challenge was also recorded across Nigeria, as a matter of fact INEC had to resolve for manual accreditation process at some point during the March 28 polls. But at this governorship poll, there are improvements, the card readers are working very well and the accreditation has been fast and hitch free, no delay, no hiatus” he stated.
Atunwa who said there’s low turn out of voters also commended security operatives and voters across the nation for a peaceful conduct during the elections. Atunwa described this as a sign of maturity and noticeable growth in Nigeria’s democratic system, stating that the era of force and violence during election has gone while the era of peaceful casting of votes has commenced.
“Even though there is low turn out, I’m very impressed by the peaceful conduct of the election processes. So far, I have not heard of any snatching of ballot, fighting or shooting at polling units here in my local government and other parts of Kwara. This should be the case in other parts of Nigeria too. Our people are out peacefully, no tension, no display of anger or use of force. They have voted peacefully and accepted the results in the spirit of sportsmanship.
“This success wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of security operatives. Those who are stationed in each Polling Unit and those who were patrolling from one Polling Unit to another. They have uplifted mission Nigeria above their selfish interests and quick gains, working rigorously to ensure peace is maintained throughout the elections. I also commend observers from local and international organizations who have shown interest in measuring our democratic growth and pass objective comments that will help the nation make amendments” he stated.
Further speaking, Atunwa said he is determined to make a difference and perform better at the National Assembly. He stated that he will serve the nation with accountability and sponsor bills that reflects the interest of his constituents and Nigerians at large.