Anambra Polls: UK Congratulates Soludo, Praises INEC Over Transparency

Following Prof. Charles Soludo’s victory in the Anambra Polls, the United Kingdom mission to Nigeria has congratulated the winner of the election, and also hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for their consistency in the results.

The United Kingdom stated this in a statement titled, ‘UK Statement On Anambra Governorship Election’, on their official Twitter account.

According to the statement, “We offer our congratulations to Prof. Charles Soludo who has been declared winner of the Anambra State governorship election. We note that the results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission are consistent with the results obtained through the civil society Parallel Vote Tabulation process carried out by YIAGA Africa.

The statement added that, “Our mission, which observed the preparations for the poll, acknowledges the collective effort of stakeholders in the conduct of the election. The people of Anambra have demonstrated resilience and a commitment to democracy.”

It noted that, “We recognise that independent Nigerian voices have expressed concerns about the conduct of the electoral process, in particular around logistics, accreditation of voters, deployment of polling officials, and low voter turnout. The UK is encouraged by the use and transparency of INEC’s result viewing portal in the electoral process.”

It maintained that, “We encourage any party or individual who is dissatisfied with the process to seek redress in a peaceful manner and through the appropriate legal channels.”

It continued that, “As a long-standing partner of the Nigerian people, the UK will continue to support Nigeria and its civil society in drawing lessons from these elections and the deepening of its democracy, including the integrity of its elections.”

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