South Africa deploys 30 observers for polls


Reported from Abuja and Kaduna by Romanus Ugwu and Noah Ebije respectively

The Electoral  Institute of South Africa (EISA) has deployed no fewer than 30 observers across the country, ahead of  tomorrow’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Leader of EISA observation team and former president of Zambia, Rupia Banda, made the disclosure when the delegation paid a courtesy visit to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Abuja, yesterday.

Banda,  hinged the mission of the delegation on the fact that Nigeria is too important to the progress, unity and peace of the African continent and the entire world.

“The importance of Nigeria to Africa and, indeed, the world can not be overstated, so, we are very honoured to be here, in order to observe and to see how the elections will take place.

“A team of about 30 people will be deployed to various parts of this great nation. We look forward to observe this successful and peaceful election as it takes place this weekend.

“We know how complex the size of the country and the size of the population of Nigeria is. Therefore, we wish Nigerians, under your leadership, chairman very successful elections. We wish you well on what you have put in with the election population.

“The presidential candidates are unbelievable. In our country, I told the people of Zambia that the list of candidates for the presidential election is almost the number of the whole parliament in our country, so, we know how complicated it is,” Banda noted.

While welcoming the delegation, INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission looks forward to the recommendations of their observations and will implement those that would enhance the electoral process in Nigeria.

“EISA has been supporting democracy and the democratisation process not only in Nigeria, but, elsewhere as well. It led successful missions to Sierra Leone and Liberia, in July 2017, ahead of their elections and EISA provided resource persons,” he said.

Meanwhile, a group, the Interfaith Peace Dialogue for Good Governnance, has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for tomorrow’s presidential election.

In a statement made available to journalists, in Kaduna, the group said Buhari has good intentions for the country when compared with other presidential candidates.

The secretary and chairman of the  group, Alhaji Sani Liti and Rev. Dr. Ibrahim Dangana, respectively, in the statement, noted that the level of ongoing developmental projects by presidentBuhari left no option than to return him to power to complete the projects.

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