The United States has commended Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security operatives on the positive roles they played during Edo state governorship election that took place on September 19, 2020.
This was disclosed in a statement by the US Mission in Nigeria on Wednesday.
US also commended civil society organisations for their invaluable work in upholding democracy and accountability during the election.
It recognised Mr Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state and candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu of All Progressives Congress (APC), and the people of Edo state for the role they played in encouraging peace during the election.
The US, however, expressed concern over reports of violence, vote buying and intimidation of the electorate and observers.
“Congratulations to the people of Edo state on a credible and peaceful governorship election. We thank Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nigerian security services on the positive role they played in the election and commend their work in strengthening Nigeria’s democracy,” the statement read.
“United States remains concerned with reports of some violence that did emerge during the election, and by reports of vote-buying and intimidation of both voters and civil society domestic observers.
“We will continue to encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties, and the security services, to improve the electoral process in the upcoming Ondo state governorship election.”
It added that the US as a democratic partner, remains committed to working with Nigeria to achieve peace and prosperity for the citizens of both countries.