Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said Nigerians should commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting the 2023 general election with reduced violence and death experienced across the country.
Governor Wike recalled how previous elections under INEC have been characterized by violence, with avoidable deaths amidst the desperation of politicians to have their way, made possible because of the mode of voting that was previously adopted.
Wike observed the swearing-in of chairmen and members of Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, and Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) at Government House in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
The governor noted that even if the Bi-Modal Voters Accreditation Machine System (BIVAS) used by INEC in the 2023 general election did not perform optimally, so much success was achieved because its use alone frustrated antics of security agencies who induce violence.
Wike said no election is perfect, but it is always better that the subsequent ones are seen to be an improvement on the previous one, to make people believe in the process.