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AU expresses satisfaction with poll

The Head of the African Union (AU), former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, says Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections were generally peaceful and orderly in Nigeria.

Mr Desalegn made the observations this while leading a team of observers to some polling units in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, there were a number of observers in major geographic regions across the country.

He said the observation mission was in line with the African Charter for Democracy, Elections and Governance and the charter on Election Observation and Code of Conduct.

The Head of Mission said the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contributed to the process being peaceful, calm and orderly.

He also expressed hope in the ability of INEC to solve the few issues that were identified.

”There was a delay of materials in one polling station called Nyanya and voting did not start and I think is one of the hiccups we hope INEC is going to solve expeditiously as possible.”

Mr Desalegn and his team set out at 7.30 a.m. to eight polling units in the FCT.

The team visited PU 009 in Wuse Zone 3 Government Secondary School, and PU 001, Tudun Wada Government Secondary School and PU 026 in Maitama Model Secondary School.

Others units visited were Gwarimpa Village, Gwarimpa Estate, Gishiri, Junior Secondary School Orozo, Jikwoyi Primary School and the polling unit at Area 10 Post Office.

The head of mission was accompanied to Nigeria by a seven-member team including Madam Minata Cessouma, Commissioner for Political Affairs, AU Commissioners who is also the Deputy Head of Mission.

About sixty election observers were deployed to different states in the federation.

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