*EU Observers’ preliminary report impressive
By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
Senate President, David Mark, Thursday, that the perseverance, commitment and patriotism displayed by Nigerians towards the success of the 2011 elections have erased the fears hitherto expressed by skeptics about the polls.
Speaking when he played host to a delegation of the European Union (EU) international observers to the 2011 elections in Nigeria, Mark noted that Citizens of the country have demonstrated a sense of purpose and nationalism towards the success of the elections.
Admitting that the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had some administrative and logistic challenges to contend with during the elections, he expressed optimism that “We are on the right track. We shall get it right”.
The Senate President expressed appreciation for the support of the EU and other donor agencies towards the success of the elections in Nigeria but pointed out that International agencies should not set a template on how the exercise should or should not be.
“We appreciate your positive contributions but any support that would not be positive towards the success of the election is not needed. Every democracy has its own peculiarity according to the tradition and culture of a people” he added.
Briefing the Senate President, Head of the EU observation mission and Former Prime Minister of Slovenia, Aloysius Peterle noted that the preliminary report about the election was impressive.
Peterle stated that the report was based on genuine direct observation and interviews, saying “we do not report based on hear-say or rumour, we reported based on verifiable facts”.
He submitted that it was the Nigerian electorate that actually won the election and should be credited as such, adding “They were patient, enthusiastic and committed”.
The only problem identified in the last election, Peterle said was merely technical which he hoped would be improved upon.