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Nigeria’s 2015 Elections: Commonwealth Observer Group Releases Report


The Commonwealth Observer Group to Nigeria’s Presidential and National Assembly elections conducted on March 28 has released its report on the elections.


Mr. Will Henley, Communications Officer, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, who announced the release of the report on Friday, described the elections as credible, peaceful, transparent and reflected the will of the people of Nigeria.


According to the statement, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, released the report of the Commonwealth Observer Group, which was led by Dr Bakili Muluzi, former Malawi president.


“These elections mark an important step forward for democracy in Africa’s most populous country, and a key member of the Commonwealth.


“Notwithstanding the organisational and technical deficiencies, the conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections was credible, peaceful, transparent and reflected the will of the people of Nigeria.


“Our report includes a number of recommendations which, we believe, could further improve the electoral process in Nigeria.


“We hope they will be positively considered and implemented,” it quoted Muluzi’s foreword written in the report.


The Street Journal reports that the Group’s report has been sent to the Nigerian government, political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission and other political stakeholders.


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