The Campaign for Democracy (CD), a human rights group in Niger on Monday said that the state was one of the most peaceful in the just concluded general elections across the country.
Alhaji Abdullahi Jabi, Chairman of the pro-democracy group made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna.
“The 2019 general elections in Niger was very peaceful. There was no violence recorded in any part of the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.
“Aside this elections, Niger has been peaceful which resulted in the peaceful elections witnessed in the state,” he said.
Jabi said that the success of the elections in the state would be attributed to five factors namely, participation of the citizens in the electoral process.
He said that another factor was the confidence building by security agencies that provided the enabling environment for the people to exercise their civic responsibility.
The group’s leader said that another was the determination of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be transparent in the distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials across the state.
According to him, inspection of electoral materials by stakeholders such as civil society groups, journalists, political parties, security agencies, international and local observers, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and others contributed to the success recorded.
He said that labelling of electoral material by INEC and distribution of each material in record time in order to avoid late commencement of accreditation and voting at the polling units also helped the process.
Jabi lauded the efforts of INEC, security agencies and other stakeholders for ensuring the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the state.