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UPDATED: Ekiti Decides 2018: Live Election Updates, Results, Situation Reports


CDD, PTCIJ release preliminary report of Ekiti election

Two prominent civic groups, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), have released their preliminary report on Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.

The groups, in the report signed by Idayat Hassan and Dapo Olorunyomi for CDD and PTCIJ respectively, observed that “against all the odds, the voting process of the ongoing 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State commenced without significant logistical hitches.

“This may be attributed to the well-coordinated arrangements of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the election to ensure early arrival of election officials and sensitive materials to various Registration Area Centres (RACs) across the existing 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state. The commission is congratulated for the Etrack to track the location and movement of vehicles carrying sensitive election materials in real time to their locations.”

The groups also highlighted the enthusiasm among voters for the election.

“While it is too early to ascertain the level of voter turnout across the State, the electorate has shown a high level of enthusiasm in exercising their franchise, as most polling units visited in the early hours of Election Day had voters already waiting for INEC officials to arrive and commence accreditation and voting by 8am.

“At the start, the voting process was conducted peacefully in most polling units visited by our observers. A few hours into the vote, however, there were few reported cases of violence-related incidents. In some of the polling units visited, we observed that the security personnel conducted themselves responsibly concerning their response to curtailing vote trading.”

On the role played by security agencies in the election, the statement said, “Correctly, we observed security agents preventing voters from taking their phones into voting cubicles. It had been noted that some voters were taking pictures of their ballot papers as evidence of their vote to claim incentives from agents of political parties at polling units. It was reported that in Ijero Local Governance Area (LGA), Ward A, Polling Unite (PU) 003, the Department for State Security (DSS) asked that no one should go with his or her phones into any voting cubicle.

“Our observation revealed that voting commenced between 8am and 9am, with relatively few delays experienced across the state.”

In their interim report of the election, the groups also highlighted the recurring problem of card readers malfunctioning.

“However, the voting process suffered a few hitches due to a couple of factors. Most prominent is the smart card reader challenge. In some polling units, the card readers failed to read the fingerprints of voters correctly. To address this challenge, some of the INEC officials requested that voters clean their hands with spirits to make their prints more visible. In the same vein, some voters were initially rejected for invalid biometrics. The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Olusola Eleka, was widely reported to have had trouble voting following a failed card reader in his PU,” they said.




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