Awka – The Nigeria Civil Society Election Situation Room has expressed dismay over the `poor’ conduct of the Nov. 16 governorship election in Anambra by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Briefing journalists in Awka on Sunday, the Leader of the group, Mr Clement Nwankwo, said the way INEC conducted the election posed serious concerns ahead of 2015 general elections.
“It is our overall impression that the conduct of the elections leaves a lot to be desired and reflected the lack of competence on the part of INEC.
“INEC’s assertion that this election would be a litmus test of its preparedness for the 2015 general elections has not been fully realised,’’he said.
Nkwankwo frowned at cases of missing names in the voter’s register and charged INEC to make concerted efforts to ensure that registered voters were not disenfranchised in future.
The group, called on the commission to change its strategy with a view to improving on its preparation for subsequent elections in the country.
Nwankwo commended the people of the state for the orderly and peaceful manner they conducted themselves during the election in spite of the challenges.
He also commended the security operatives for the professional manner they conducted themselves during the election, adding that there were no cases of intimidation or maltreatment by them. (NAN)