The African Union on Monday expressed that the Nigerian presidential and National Assembly elections held last Saturday were “largely peaceful and orderly and in conformity with Nigeria’s legal framework” despite incidents of reported violence across some parts of the country.
“Despite some reports of election-related violence and deaths intimidation, the overall climate remained largely peaceful and conducive for the conduct of democratic elections.
“The 2019 elections took place in generally peaceful environment. Nevertheless, certain parts of the country, particularly the North East, South-South and Middle Belt regions faces security challenges,” Hailemarian Daselegn, Head of African Union Election Observation Mission, said during a press conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The AU congratulated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for being “open and cooperative with electoral observers,” and urged the commission to “expeditiously and transparently collate and announce the results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections as provided by law.