CJID, ICIR, others record vote buying, violence, other incidents at polling stations

the Center for Journalistic Innovation and Development (CJID) and some Civil Society Organizations have identified cases of electoral violence, banditry and late start of voting in some voting units (UP) in the election of governor of the state of Osun. This was contained in a statement co-signed by CJID, Premium Times, International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Daily Trust Newspaper, Nairametrics, Orient Daily and RoundoffNews. The exercise, which is underway, has seen a fair turnout of voters. Voting has already ended in some voting units and votes are being sorted and counted. The CJID said that while electoral materials and officials from the electoral arbitrator, INEC, arrived early at more than 70 percent of the polling stations, this did not translate into the timely opening of the polling stations. And at noon, only 40% of the tables observed started on time, while 58.9% of the PUs opened late. The Center also noted incidences of limited BVAS and lack of functionality in some observed voting units. Some of these incidents were reported at PU 013 Ward 10 Egbedore LGA, PU 006 Ward 04, Iwo LGA, PU 002 Ward 07 and Oke Adan LGA. There were also reports of missing names of registered voters in the BVAS. These voters, CJID says, were prevented from voting despite having their permanent voter cards. Frustration stemming from the malfunctioning of the BVAS and the slowness of the voting process led to violence in some voting units, the statement said. “Other incidents of violence reported as a result of bullying were observed at PU 002, Ward 07 in Orolu LGA, and PU 005, Ward 05, Iwo LGA, where some suspected thugs clashed with security agencies.” Vote trading incidents were also reported at PU 010, Ward 03, Ife East, PU 01, Ward 04 and Iwo LGA, where party agents were seen taking down the names of voters who had agreed to sell their votes for a fee. determined. “Similarly, more cases of vote trading were reported in PU 02, Ward 06, Iwokan LGA, PU 003, Ward 03, Ife South LGA and PU 003, Ward 07 and Ife North LGA, as voters openly offered to sell your votes. votes.” CJID also criticized election officials and voters for poor compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. He implored everyone to observe COVID-19 protocols as the safety of citizens is a top concern. ALSO READ: OsunDecides2022: Accord Party’s Ogunbiyi Alleges Vote Buying However, the Center commended officials for complying with Section 25 of the INEC guideline on priority voting, which was given to elderly voters, pregnant women, the sick and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in the LGAs. “However, there were still incidences of voters not being properly assisted, especially those with a physical disability. In Atakumosa Ward 3 and 4 Voting Units 1 and 2, voters using canes were unable to access critical areas of the facility due to high ramps and stairs. More attention should be paid to the news of people with disabilities to fulfill the duty imposed on INEC by s. 54 of the Electoral Law of 2022.” The 2022 gubernatorial election is the seventh gubernatorial election in the state since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999 and is held in all 30 local government areas of the state. As the ranking and vote count progresses, many have said that it is a two-horse race between the incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola, of the Congress of All Progressives, and Ademola Adeleke, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). ). Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; CJID, ICIR, others record vote buying, violence, other incidents at polling stations