The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has described the just concluded Edo State governorship election as one of the best ever conducted in Nigeria.
Yakubu made the declaration at a meeting with traditional rulers in Ondo State on Thursday.
“It was one of the best elections conducted by the Commission such that it remains the only governorship election in the history of Edo State since 1999 whose outcome was not challenged in court,” he said.
The INEC chairman noted that despite the palpable tension that engulfed Edo state before the poll, the election was good, free and fair.
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He expressed readiness to improve the electoral process in Ondo state while appealing to the monarchs to promote peace and ensure voters comply with COVID-19 protocols during the October 10 governorship election in the state.
Yakubu urged the rulers to “continue to appeal to political parties’ candidates and their supporters for peace, as you have always done in your domains.
“Secondly, to call on your people to observe the rules of personal and public safety. This is an election conducted in the context of a global health emergency -the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thirdly, we seek your prayers for peace in Ondo State. We also seek your prayers for INEC that the election to be held on Saturday will be peaceful, free, fair, transparent, and credible.”