Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Umaru Al-Makura, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful and orderly conduct of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the state, describing it as the best ever.
Al-Makura, who is the APC candidate seeking a second term, made the commendation to newsmen while reacting to the conduct of the election after casting his vote at the Lungun Wambai polling unit of Gayam Ward, Lafia.
The governor noted that INEC had corrected the lapses that were observed during the presidential elections two weeks ago, adding that his accreditation was done within 20 seconds due to efficiency of the card readers.
He said that the process of accreditation was generally very efficient and smooth, and he was impressed with the general conduct of the election.
Al-Makura said: “This Saturday’s election is the best, most peaceful and orderly; one needs to laud INEC for its effort.
“INEC has corrected the lapses that occurred in the last election and this made the accreditation very smooth.
“First and foremost, I want to commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the introduction of card reader.
“Apart from fighting electoral fraud, rigging, it will also instil confidence in Nigerians on the electoral system.”
The governor commended the electorate for their impressive turnout for the polls in order to entrench good governance and enjoined them to be patient, law-abiding and respect constituted authority in the interest of peace and national development.
He also commended the people of the state for being orderly during the exercise and urged them to tolerate one another irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliations, in order to sustain existing peace during and after the elections.