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‘Nigerian elections credible and transparent’

Millions of voters went to the polls on Saturday to choose a new president.

FILE: Nigerians vote in that country’s presidential election on 28 March 2015. Picture: Samson Omale

NIGERIA - Election observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) have described Nigeria's presidential and Parliamentary elections as credible and transparent.

Millions of voters went to the polls on Saturday to choose a new president for Africa's most populous country.

Despite reported cases of violence and protest in some cities, former president of Ghana, John Kufuor, who is leading observer groups of the ECOWAS and AU, commended the performance of the electoral officials in the presidential elections in Nigeria.

"I don't think anybody could doubt that the security have done some good work because the elections have been generally peaceful and orderly all over the country."

Kufuor emphasised that military deployment during elections in Nigeria or any other part Africa should not be a permanent feature.

"I'm going to praise the security, we're not implying they should be permanent."

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