The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has said the Nigerian February 23rd Presidential election and National Assembly elections were peaceful.
The regional body has commended the country electoral management body the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agents for the role they played in the elections.
It praised INEC and the security agents for their professionals conduct during the polls.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former Liberia president who led ECOWAS delegation to Nigeria to observe the elections, in a statement, referred to as a Preliminary Declaration on the Nigeria 2019 General Elections said the country conducted the election smoothly despite the delays in commencement of voting across the country.
The regional body praised the security agents for deploying their men to respective polling stations and for maintaining peaceful order and able to address the violence that broke out in some voting centres.
ECOWAS also commended Nigerians for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner during the polls.
It added that the electoral process was largely peaceful and transparent as voters were able to cast their votes freely without any form of intimidation.
Worse still, ECOWAS refused to make reference to over 25 death, injuries and properties destroyed during the polls.
In Port-Harcourt, south-south zone of Nigeria alone, over 11 deaths were recorded, Lagos, Kogi are also states that recorded deaths, and huge electoral violence during the elections.