The Independent National Electoral Commission conducted
Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections
across the country on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
Governorship elections were held in 29 States of the
Federation, while State Assembly elections were held in 36
states. No election took place in the Federal Capital
A general assessment shows that the elections went very
well across the country. According to preliminary reports,
88.9 % of polling units opened for accreditation between 8
a.m. and 10 a.m. across the country. Only 5.2 % were yet
to open as of 1 pm. Also, 73 % of the polling units had
commenced voting by 2.30 p.m.
The process of accreditation with Smart Card Readers was
also successful in a majority of the polling units. Initial
challenges were recorded in Edo and Abia states, but the
technical teams deployed to support the states were able to
resolve the issues in a timely manner.
Overall, many parts of the country remained relatively
peaceful during the elections. Some states, however,
recorded a significant number of violent incidents, the most
affected being Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and
Ondo States. INEC’s records show that there were 66
reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, the
Commission’s officials, voters and election materials. These
were in Rivers State (16 incidents), Ondo (8), Cross River
and Ebonyi (6 each), Akwa Ibom (5) Bayelsa (4), Lagos and
Kaduna (3 each), Jigawa, Enugu, Ekiti and Osun (2 each),
Katsina, Plateau, Kogi, Abia, Imo, Kano and Ogun (1 each).
The Commission is investigating these incidents and will do
everything within in its powers to bring culprits to justice.
INEC commends Nigerians for once again demonstrating
their resolve and commitment to participate in the electoral
process and by doing so, contributing to deepening
democracy in our country.
The Commission calls on every citizen to maintain the peace
as the results of the Governorship and State Assembly
elections are being processed, and to accept the official
outcomes. It would like to emphasize that winners can only
emerge after collation of the official results and on the basis
of the requirements prescribed by the legal framework. Any
aggrieved persons or groups are encouraged to seek
redress at the Tribunals.
INEC would also like to remind all stakeholders that the
process is not yet completed and urges restraint in their
comments, as we strive to bring this process to an orderly,
peaceful and credible conclusion.
The Independent National Electoral Commission.