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June 9, 2024

Elections: South Africa didn’t experience glitches, Obi mocks INEC

Peter Obi

John Alechenu

The 2023 presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, has hailed South Africa’s recently concluded presidential election in South Africa as a demonstration of the robustness of the nation’s democracy.

Obi, commended the South Africans for conducting a transparent and credible election.

in a veiled reference to the Nigerian Presidential election conducted by the Prof Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in 2023.

Obi said,” With about 60% Voter turnout, over 90% of polling open on time, allowing diaspora voting, the results and updates were real-time without any form of technical glitches during the election.

“This demonstrated the robustness and transparency of their system. The seamless online dissemination of results further highlights their commitment to democratic principles and technological advancement.

“This is in stark contrast, to the show of shame that the giant of Africa, Nigeria, gave the World in 2023.

Nigeria’s 2023, with less than 30% of the Voter turnout and over 60 percent of the polling stations starting late, no diaspora voting, the elections were plagued by allegations of fraud and widespread irregularities, all forms of glitches, despite an enormous expenditure to the tune of about a billion dollars (direct allocation of N313 Billion and donor agencies supports).”

Obi noted that the differences between the two countries’ electoral processes are both stark and lamentable. South Africa’s Election Results Center, with its state-of-the-art electronic board, showcased results with unparalleled precision and speed.

“Meanwhile, Nigeria’s electoral process is mired in controversy and lacks transparency. This glaring juxtaposition is a painful reminder of our country’s ongoing struggles with democratic governance.

“It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive electoral reforms to ensure that our elections are free, fair, and credible.

“We must learn from South Africa’s example and strive to build a system that restores the people’s faith in our democracy.

“The time for action is now, and we cannot afford to delay any longer in addressing these critical issues for a new Nigeria is Possible!.”