The National Elections Watch (NEW), a coalition of 347 civic groups have in their preliminary statements on the Presidential Run-off said that despite the “sporadic violence” which marred the campaign period, the September 8 elections were “characterized by a peaceful atmosphere and a well run polling and counting process.”
Spokesperson Ngollo Carter who read out the release said “NEW is aware of some incidents around the country related to chaos in certain polling stations, ballot stuffing and violations of voting procedures.”
The overall performance of NEC officials he went on, in terms of management and coordination of the entire process was good even compared to the laudable August 11 as they noticed greater order and queue management.
The NEW statement noted that late opening of polling stations and problems with verification and inking remained minor problems.
The NEW fielded 5,420 observers nationwide covering over 80% of polling stations and of these observers 500 were strategically deployed for a random sampling of polling stations.
About the counter accusations by the two parties that their party agents refused to sign the counter foil results, NEW said 8% of APC party agents refused to sign whilst 5% SLPP agents did not sign. But they said they did not have sufficient evidence to prove that and also reasons why those areas should be nullified.
Spokesperson Ngolo Carter also could not elaborate on the incidents of ballot stuffing, promising instead that it will be dealt with in detail in their final report.