The entire election process was neither free nor fair, as it was marred by the interference of government officials and evidence of more than 10,000 cases of voting irregularities, according to an evaluation conducted by local NGOs and election monitors. A group of 21 NGOs—which dubbed themselves The Situation Room—found that serious problems existed in the lead-up to the July 28 poll and continued through the post-election period. “The environment of intimidation, the threats made, the lack of fairness and integrity of the proc*ess and administration of the election affected the results of the election by giving the
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