By Soni Daniel and Victoria Ojeme
Abuja – As the results of the elections held in Nigeria last Saturday begin to roll in, the European Union has said that there was no evidence of systematic manipulation of the electoral process by the stakeholders.
The European Union Election Observation Mission in Nigeria made the submission in its preliminary findings released in Abuja today.
The EUEOMIN Chief, Santiago Fisas, told journalists that although the highly competitive election tested the Nigerian electoral arrangements, systematic weaknesses left the process open to abuse by electoral contenders.
The mission also noted that there was misuse of incumbency by parties at the federal and state levels occasioned by escalating incidents of violence and intimidation.
The mission gave the Independent National Electoral Commission at pat on the back, saying that it ‘’appears to have performed impartially in difficult circumstances while stakeholders at a local level report confidence in its work’’.