By Michael Oche
The performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the just concluded Anambra State governorship election has continued to attract commendations both locally and internationally.
Popular cartoonist, Mike Asukwo had attempted to do a caricature of the performance of the BVAS machcined deployed by Commission, but his cartoon was met with commendations from Nigerians who commented with high praises under his Facebook Post.
“But they are conducting much better elections than they ever did bro,” One Emeka Okeke wrote in reaction to a comment.
Another Nigerian, Andrew Tarshii Kurga wrote: INEC are doing well, I give it to them.”
Meanwhile, another of such commendations for INEC came from the British government through British High Commission in Nigeria.
“The UK is encouraged by the use and transparency of INEC’s result viewing portal in the electoral process,” a statement signed by Atinuke Akande-Alegbe, the Senior Communications and Public Diplomacy Officer at the High Commission stated.
It stated further that, “We note that the results released by INEC were consistent with the results obtained through the civil society Parallel Vote Tabulation process carried out by YIAGA Africa.”
The statement quoted the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Catriona Laing, as saying that credible and inclusive elections were fundamental to Nigeria’s democratic growth.
On its part, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said it was important to note and commend the resoluteness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which insisted that the election must go on.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, in a statement in Abuja, also noted that the INEC went on to pledge its commitment to a transparent electioneering process in Anambra.
Wabba while congratulating the winner of the election, Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), said Soludo’s victory at the poll is a testament to the confidence he enjoyed from majority of the people of the state and the transparency of INEC