Mass Voter Turnout and Strong Security Presence Welcome Ekiti Elections

An unprecedented number of enthusiastic voters packed various voting units in different towns, villages and villages in Ekiti on Saturday to exercise their civic rights in the ongoing gubernatorial elections. Additionally, there were combined security personnel on the ground to protect life and property in different parts of the state and their presence was noted both far and near polling places. In the Ekiti office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there was a strong presence of security agents to prevent any eventuality. The Nigerian News Agency (NAN), while monitoring the polling units, reported that security officers arrived at many polling units at 7:20 a.m. In addition to the police, other security agencies and teams providing security include the Civil Defense Corps, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and men from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). In some of the border towns linking Ekiti with other states, the military was strategically stationed with officers and men, watching and conducting searches for vehicle owners and occupants. The restriction imposed on the movement of people and vehicles during the election was strictly obeyed by residents and travelers alike, as most roads between municipalities were empty. This development forced many voters to walk long distances to their polling units, as there were no taxi operators or commercial motorcycles to transport them. Also, all markets, shops and restaurants were under lock and key. Some of the places visited included Ado-Ekiti, Ikere-Ekiti, Efon-Alaaye, in the local government area of ​​Efon Ifaki-Ekiti, the hometown of Mr. Segun Oni, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) gubernatorial candidate. Other areas included Ise-Ekiti, the hometown of former Minister of State for Public Works Dayo Adeyeye, Emure-Ekiti, Ido-Ekiti and Omuo-Ekiti, the hometown of Senator Biodun Olujimi of the PDP and Representative Femi Bamisile of the APC. . In many of the places visited, dozens of voters were already lined up, waiting for the attention of election officials. Those spotted in the crowd of enthusiastic voters include students and artisans aged 18-20, the elderly and a handful of pregnant women. It was observed that in most of the places, the officials, including ad hoc personnel, deployed by the INEC arrived minutes after 8:00 am, while some of them did not have chairs to sit on. NAN reports that 16 candidates from different political parties are fighting in today’s election, with only one candidate, Ms. Kemi Elebute-Halle of ADP. Others include candidates from ACCORD, AAC, ADC, APC, APGA, APM, APO, LO, NNPP, NRM, PDP, PRP, SDP, YPP and ZLP. According to statistics available to the NAN, more than 17,000 police officers were deployed for the election, with the NSCDC deploying 9,747, while the military and others also deployed appreciable numbers. When contacted, Ms. Morolake Odebunmi, INEC Public Relations Officer, told NAN that there was not much going on at the INEC office this morning. Read More Related News Here Do you have an opinion about this; Mass Voter Turnout and Strong Security Presence Welcome Ekiti Elections | Newslodge Nigeria News Let’s hear it in the comment below