OrderPaperToday – Some independent observers have commended the conduct of Saturday’s local government council elections in Sokoto State.

The Forum of States Independent Electoral Commissions  (FOSIECOM) said the elections were free, credible and transparent due to the use of card readers.

FOSIECOM National Chairman, Justice Afolabi Adeyinka, who is also the  Chairman of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission,
made the disclosure at a news briefing in Sokoto on Sunday.

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Adeyinka who was also a former Chief Justice of Lagos State said, ”I have to commend the courage of of the Sokoto State Independent
Electoral Commission in sticking with its plan to conduct the election using card reader machine and the permanent voters card.

” We saw the preparations and the eventual conduct of the election and we agreed to the fact that whoever wins, it is a reflection of the
general wish of the people of Sokoto.

” The decision to allow voters cast their votes immediately after verification has also helped the process. It has reduced voting time
and ensure large number of votes at the final count.

” Many came out to vote in the morning and left the polling units immediately after casting their votes without having to wait for some hours as was the case during the national elections,” he added.

Adeyinka also commended the state government for the support it gave
the SIECOM which led to this outcome.

Meanwhile, a coalition of domestic election observers led by constitutional lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Mr. Festus Okoye has commended the state government for providing the enabling environment that led to the peaceful conduct of the elections.

Okoye who is also Executive Director, Human Rights Monitor said at a news briefing in Sokoto on Sunday also commended the state government for shunning the caretaker committee syndrome.

It further commended the people of the state for their exemplary conduct which enabled the elections to be conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner.

”We are convinced that the conduct of the Sokoto State Local Government Elections met national and regional standards in the
conduct of elections,” he stated.

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