Observers laud conduct of Ekiti polls but fault deployment of 30,000 policemen

Observers laud conduct of Ekiti polls but fault deployment of 30,000 policemen

- A coalition of domestic and international election observers faulted the deployment of 30,000 policemen for the Ekiti state election

- The observers said the poll can not be recommended as a template for the forthcoming 2019 general elections

- They, however, praised INEC for the proper conduct of the poll in line with global and constitutional dictates and standards

A coalition of domestic and international election observers praised Independent National Electoral Commission for the proper conduct of the Ekiti state governorship election faulted the deployment of 30,000 policemen for the election.

The Punch reports that the observers, who comprised of representatives from over 50 domestic organisations, human rights groups and international election observer bodies, based their report on lapses noticed in the conduct of the election, especially the role of security agencies.

The observers include Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, Nigeria; Justice and Equity Organisation, Nigeria; International Republican Institute, United States of America; and Patriotic Women Foundation, Abuja, as well as the other bodies from the African Unions, among others.

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The observers stated that the conduct of some of the security operatives and unwholesome practices of vote buying where voters surreptitiously showed which party they voted to party agents who went behind to settle them, largely marred the electoral process.

The observers, therefore, held that the July 14 poll could not be recommended as a template for the forthcoming 2019 general elections as it fell short of global standards and spelt doom.

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Addressing newsmen on behalf of the domestic observers, Gabriel Nwambu, of the Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, Abuja, said, “The exercise witnessed a high level of unprecedented electoral related challenges and such abuse will remain contentious until justice prevails, especially in the areas of cash inducement, arrests of political stalwarts by security agents and snatching of electoral materials by political thugs, among other abuses.

“Party agents had huge cash and were close to voting points. Security agents were indifferent to cash inducement of voters. The whole process falls short of the compliance with international best standards.”

One of the International observers, Virginia Marumoa-Gae, of the IRI, USA, said trouble began at 11 am when “see and buy” started and this caused chaos across all the wards and polling units.

“Voters showed their ballot papers to party agents to collect money, thugs disrupted the voting process by shooting, but the police and other attaching security agents did well by establishing their presence at the polling units as stipulated by the constitution. We also noted that the INEC has improved on card readers this time.”

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the APC candidate won in seven of the eight local government areas where results have been announced by relevant electoral officials.

Fayemi, from the result collated at the local governments, has won in Ilejemeje (4153 to 3937), Moba (11837 to 8520), Irepodun-Ifelodun (13,869 to 11,456), Oye (14,995 to 11,271), Ido-Osi (12,342 to 11,145), Ijero (14,192 to 11,077) and Gbonyin (11,498 to 8,027).

On his part, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won in Efon Alaye local government (5,192 to 5028).

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