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INEC says adequate security, materials guarantee successful elections in Lagos



INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru  Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has attributed the success in the April 11 elections in Lagos State to adequate security and availability of election materials.

Its Electoral Officer in Shomolu Local Government Area of the state, Mr Ayodele Makinde, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.

Makinde said that except in some isolated areas, the elections in the state had been adjudged one of the freest and fairest in the country.

“It’s peaceful, we had no problems, the materials are adequate and the security were there, they gave them our compendium, they know where to send their people to.

“Though, we saw them on patrol, but not in all the polling units. This is Jega’s policy that we have implemented and it worked well.

“We can all see the success of his policy and we thank God that we are successful.”

Also speaking in a separate interview with NAN, Mr Yomi Fakoya, the Collation Agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area, said there was an improvement in the conduct of the governorship and the house ofassembly elections.

Fakoya advised the in-coming INEC Chairman to sustain the good works of Prof. Attahiru Jega, adding that Jega had brought credibility in the nation’s electoral process.

“Sincerely, there is an improvement on this as against what we had a fortnight ago. The presidential and the senatorial elections, the results at that time did not come until Monday.

“But now, it is better. Whoever is coming in, my advice is that he should build on the foundation laid by Prof. Attahiru Jega. He has built a very solid foundation.

“Whoever is coming in should please build on it.’’

Commenting on the conduct of the elections across the country, Dr Debo Ayobade, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, said there was an improvement in the conduct of the 2015 elections generally, compared to the previous ones.

“This is a great improvement from what it used to be in the past, because I participated at this level also in 2011 but this is a great improvement.

“I pray they will keep on developing and improving on these logistics, so that at least we will continue to have free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.

“When we compare this 2015 election with the previous elections we have been having, I want to believe that the causality rate is low, because it used to be bad than this.”

Ayobade expressed the hope that INEC would continue to ensure that subsequent elections were free and fair.

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