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Massive turnout a reflection of peoples’ faith in democratic governance — APC scribe

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People wait in line to vote at Karu polling station in Abuja during presidential elections on March 28, 2015. Problems with new technology forced a 24-hour extension to the presidential election in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, and renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge vote. AFP PHOTO / NICHOLE SOBECKI

People wait in line to vote at Karu polling station in Abuja during presidential elections on March 28, 2015. Problems with new technology forced a 24-hour extension to the presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, and renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge vote. AFP PHOTO / NICHOLE SOBECKI

The mass turnout of voters in Saturday Presidential and National Assembly elections is a reflection of Nigerians’ faith in democratic governance, the National Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni, said.

Buni, who made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu on Sunday, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the people’s choice.

He said “the unprecedented turnout of electorate, their peaceful conduct, patience and cooperation for successful conduct of this election should be respected with declaration of winners without bias.

“In spite of the security challenges in some areas and threats and the hitches associated with the card readers, people remained resolute and committed to ensuring that they participated in the exercise.’’

He urged the electorate to remain peaceful, law abiding and cooperate with INEC in the remaining exercises to ensure their success.

The national secretary also advised security agencies to remain neutral and objective in the discharge of their responsibilities throughout the period.

He said “the loyalty of security agencies is to the country and not to any political party or candidate; they must resist any attempt by anybody to drag them into politics and avoid any act that will portray them as being partisan.

The secretary urged the electoral body to improve on its performance to reduce challenges faced
in the use of the card readers and to ensure credible and acceptable election in the country.



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