The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has expressed concern over what it described as the poor management of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
While demanding an independent inquiry into the poor performance of INEC, it said “The election has been a step back from the 2015 general elections.”
The organisation also called on INEC and security agencies to ensure accountability for acts inimical to the integrity and credibility of the polls.
“Situation Room is however disappointed by the serious lapses observed with the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday 23 February 2019. Despite the elections being conducted against a background of an earlier postponement on February 16, 2019, on grounds of logistics challenges, it still suffered from major logistic lapses.
“Additionally, the election was marred by violence, security lapses and instances of overreach. Other challenges include compromised INEC officials as well as partisan security operatives. Conduct of major political parties was disappointing”, it said.
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