The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has lauded the electorate and political party gladiators for peaceful, civil and harmonious conduct of the Anambra gubernatorial election.
The Chairman of CLO in Anambra, Mr. Vincent Ezekwueme, in Enugu on Monday said that Anambra residents demonstrated being truly the “light of the nation”.
According to Ezekwueme, the people of Anambra have proven prophets of doom wrong that the election will be violent and disastrous.
“CLO commends INEC, security personnel, civil society organizations, international societies, stakeholders, and those who contributed immensely towards a peaceful and successful conduct of the Nov 6 governorship election,” he said.
The CLO boss noted that notwithstanding some outstanding shortfalls, the poll was successful and acclaimed best in recent times in terms of peaceful conduct of all stakeholders.
He, however, lamented the low turnout in the election, adding that in the history of the state this is the first-time voter apathy reached its apogee.
Ezekwueme noted that less than 10 percent of the estimated 2.5 million registered voters in the state cast their votes despite the Ihiala fresh election conduct.
“As Ihiala Local Government Area poll had been shifted to Tuesday, Nov. 9, CLO, the people of Anambra and global community appeal to INEC most passionately to display absolute integrity and transparency.
“We want the electoral umpire to ensure that the outcome of the election reflects the aspirations of the Anambra electorate in tandem with the position of President Muhammadu Buhari that Anambra voters’ votes must count.
“CLO is eagerly looking forward to the honest conclusion of the election that will be acceptable to both winners and losers due to its credibility,” he added. (NAN)