Peaceful Elections -WANEP Reports

 

In a press release on the conduct of the Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 elections, the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP) has, based on its observation and analysis of the conduct of the countrywide elections acknowledged that the process was peaceful, free and fair.

The release however brought out few key issues that were identified by their situation room during their three days observation and monitoring of the electioneering  process which included reports of late arrival of voting materials in some areas and isolated incidents of insufficient security personnel, NEC officials and party agents in some polling stations.

Though WANEP deemed 67% of the voting process was good and 26% fair, it also observed that some polling stations were unsuitable. Also, it observed that there was an inadequate supply of election materials to certain polling stations and voting procedures not adhered to due to inadequate voter education.

WANEP also reported allegations of campaign activities around polling stations and alleged exclusion of party observers in the counting process in some polling stations, among others. Interventions, according to the release, were made by WANEP situation room to eminent persons or relevant institutions to address the issues which, it report, were confirmed done.

WANEP, in its conclusion, called on all political parties and their supporters to continue to remain calm and abide by the protocols governing the declaration of results, the security sector to continue to exercise high level of professionalism and the citizens to refrain from sharing inflammatory information on social media.