Women Arise, one of the accredited observer group that observed the just concluded Ekiti State Governorship Election, said it “is pleased to inform the general public that the election was generally peaceful.”
The group’s statement reads further;
“The turn out of voters was impressive but was short if compared to the number of eligible voters who actually collected thier PVCs before the election.
In all the 16 LGAs, election materials and election officials arrived early, accreditation and voting started at 8am except in some few wards and polling units where the process was a bit delayed.
There were few technical hitches where the card reader malfunctioned but the officials were able to get round the challenge a couple of hours after.
There was heavy presence of security agencies but they conducted themselves well.
The party agents though very anxious also conducted themselves well, except in some places like odo ado and oke ila in ado ekiti local government where violence broke out between the agents of the two prominent political parties.
There were glaring vote buying and inducement of voters across the state, by the 2 major political parties.
The various LG collation centres collated their results and went to present it to the State Returning Officers at the State collation centre.
The result were added, compiled and was announced this morning with Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the APC “having fulfilled requirements of the law and got the highest votes is the winner and is returned elected”
(Prof. Idowu Olayinka)
Dr Joe Okei
President, Women Arise.”