The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has issued its own assessment of the February 25th general elections’ conduct as conflicting opinions continue to surround its results.
Yakubu Maikyau, president of the NBA, gave his own assessment and gave the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) excellent marks for conducting the presidential and national assembly elections.
He stated that despite the difficulties encountered throughout the exercise, the commission was nevertheless able to perform above average.
Maikyau’s words: “I will say that the elections went well. Those who came out were happy to express their franchise.
“There were challenges, definitely. There were some infractions, some of them actually constituted electoral offences but on the whole, I will score INEC as having performed maybe about 78, 80 percent in the delivery of these elections.
“That will be an A for every exam. Notwithstanding, all the things that happened which we are not ignoring.
“That is why we are admonishing and advising INEC and recommending to INEC that in those areas where we saw lapses in the election held on the 25th February 2023, deliberate efforts must be taken to make sure that those lapses did not occur again in the elections that are coming up on the 11th March because when these lapses happened, it impacted on the confidence of the public in the process.”
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